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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 13, 2014
07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:44 EDTGM, FRegulators 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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October 9, 2014
09:17 EDTGMOmix Ada recalls floor mats used in Chevrolet, GMC trucks, SUVs
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08:02 EDTFPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
October 8, 2014
10:33 EDTFFord falls to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% at time of writing to $13.82, just above the fresh 52-week low set earlier today at $13.76. Support below today's low is at $13.36. Resistance is at the session high at $14.10.
October 7, 2014
12:56 EDTGMGM recalls Chevrolet Caprices due to transmission selector lever defect
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12:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors trades sharply lower, nearing 52-week low
The stock has been trading down since the open, last at $32.18 and just above the 52-week low at $31.67. If the shares break down through the 52-week low, next support would be at $30.50. Resistance is at $32.87.
11:25 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; SLV GM
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08:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 290,241 Cadillac SRX, SAAB 9-4X vehicles
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08:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 10,005 Cadillac CTS-V, STS-V vehicles
General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material. If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
08:26 EDTGMGM recalls 46,873 vehicles from 2008-2013, including Chevrolet Caprice
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08:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors estimates lowered, price target to $27 at Morgan Stanley
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06:43 EDTGMGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
16:44 EDTGMMoody's downgrades General Motors credit facility to Baa3; Outlook stable
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09:51 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Chevrolet Sparks due to hood latch defect
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09:40 EDTFNHTSA reviews 938K Ford cars due to steering defect claims, Reuters says
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