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July 23, 2014
13:45 EDTGM, FEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 58c on revenue of $40.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 50c-74c on revenue of $39.74B-$41.53B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported Q1 EPS of 6c against estimates for 4c on revenue of $37.4B against estimates for $38.43B. On its Q1 earnings conference call, GM said its core operating performance was on plan for the year. It noted GMNA and consolidated International operations were performing as planned, with Europe and China performing better than plan, and GMSA performance weaker due to challenging environments in Venezuela and Brazil. On its Q1 earnings conference call, GM said it was on track to break-even in Europe by mid-decade, and no meaningful slowdown in U.S. sales had been seen after the recall. GM CEO Mary Barra said the company remained "optimistic" on its 2014 U.S. sales performance despite negative publicity related to its ongoing ignition switch recall and associated legal matters. Barra saw the ability to do repairs increasing in coming months, and expected to have sufficient parts to be able to complete the majority of recall-related repairs by October. She expected the need for loaner cars related to recalls to be "significantly reduced" by Q3. On June 30, GM announced it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6M vehicles from the 1997-2014 model years. Among these recalled vehicles, GM was aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2B in Q2 for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $700M charge for recalls already announced during Q2. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to GMs Q2 earnings report. On June 26, Sterne Agee said GM and Ford (F) shares should be owned. After meeting with the management of Ford (F) and GM, Sterne Agee thought the companies' European businesses were improving, while pricing was favorable for them. The firm believed that the stocks were at an inflection point. On July 14, UBS said Ford should beat Q2 estimates, while General Motors will miss. UBS believed Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thought GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thought Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm kept Buy ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have traded higher by about 10% since Q1 results were released, but are up only about 3% over the past year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, GM shares are down fractionally.
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October 17, 2014
16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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14:39 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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October 16, 2014
12:04 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
06:34 EDTGM, FChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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October 15, 2014
13:27 EDTGMGM faces $10B suit due to recalls, Bloomberg says
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10:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q3 worldwide sales up 2% to 2.45M units
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTF, GMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:24 EDTFFord upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
06:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed General Motors from the Conviction Buy List and lowered estimates to to cuts in North American and European production and a difficult pricing environment. The firm maintains its Buy rating and views risk/reward as favorable and expects reasonably strong comps over then next two quarters. Price target lowered to $47 from $48.
06:15 EDTFFord downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Ford to Neutral citing lack of near-term catalysts and less balance sheet optionality. Price target lowered to $17 from $21.
October 13, 2014
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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11:00 EDTFFord adding 850 more jobs at Ford Rouge Center to build new F-150
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10:23 EDTFFord to hire 850 workers for Dearborn Rouge factories, WSJ says
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07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:44 EDTF, GMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
07:17 EDTFCitigroup and the Society of Automotive Analysts to co-host a summit
Automotive Investor Summit is being held in Southfield, Michigan on October 10.
06:44 EDTFFord reports China unit sold 95,875 vehicles in September, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September China sales up 15.2% to 319,936
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