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July 23, 2014
13:45 EDTF, GMEarnings 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 GM’s 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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December 18, 2014
08:23 EDTGMSeveral automakers halt Russia car sales due to ruble, Bloomberg reports
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December 17, 2014
06:27 EDTFFord cuts cost of 2015 F-150 by recycling, WSJ reports
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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06:19 EDTFFord names Paul Bellew as chief data and analytics officer
Ford yesterday appointed data science and analytics expert Paul Ballew as executive director and chief data and analytics officer, further building its team of experts to help better understand consumer behavior and help speed development of the mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving innovations that will improve people’s lives. Ford is accelerating its investment and research into data science and analytics as the foundation of its focus on innovation. The goal is to better anticipate customers’ wants and needs as Ford implements its Blueprint for Mobility and its One Ford plan for profitable growth. In the new role, Ballew will lead the company’s data and analytic efforts globally, establishing an enterprise-wide vision for analytics and integrating all of Ford’s research, analytics, processes, standards, tools and partner engagement. He will report to Bob Shanks, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The appointment is effective January 5, 2015. Ballew most recently was global chief data, insights and analytics officer at Dun and Bradstreet.
December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTF, GMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
10:00 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
06:55 EDTF, GMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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06:53 EDTFFord downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank cut its rating on Ford Motor shares to Hold with the stock near its price target of $16. Deutsche says it is more cautious about investing in U.S. auto names with the market entering its sixth year of recovery. Shares of the car maker closed Friday down 29c to $14.99.
December 12, 2014
13:08 EDTFFord CEO sees "breakthrough" year in 2015, Automotive News says
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December 11, 2014
15:56 EDTFAutomaker lending arms probed by NYDFS, NY Post reports
The New York Department of Financial Services has subpoenaed the financing arms of Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Hyundai, Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), as well as Banco Santander (SAN) and TD Bank (TD), said the New York Post, citing a source familiar with the investigation. Reference Link
13:19 EDTFMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
11:42 EDTFStocks with call strike movement; DOW F
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07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTF, GMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
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