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February 13, 2013
12:44 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q4 results
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Thursday, February 14 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 EPS of 51c on revenue of $39.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-71c on revenue of $37.94B-$41.42B... LAST QUARTER: GM reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 85c against estimates for 60c on revenue of $37.6B against estimates for $35.71B. On its Q3 earnings report, GM CEO Daniel Akerson said the quarter was "solid in almost all respects," however European weakness was expected to impact business for several years. Management anticipated a 2,600 headcount reduction in Europe for 2012, with future reductions pegged to overall demand. On January 3, the company said 2013 industry sales should rise to 15M-15.5M units due to a strong finish to 2012, industry momentum, and the overall health of the U.S. economy... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to GM’s Q4 earnings report. On February 13, Buckingham reiterated its Buy rating on GM, expecting it to beat consensus estimates based on strong performance in North America, GMSA, and GMIO. On December 24, GM was reinstated with a Buy rating and a target price of $35 at Goldman Sachs. On November 1, Craig Hallum upgraded GM to a Buy from a Hold based on cheap valuation and new vehicle redesigns. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $30... PRICE ACTION: GM shares have rallied approximately 20% since Q3 results were released in late October, making a fresh 52-week high of $30.68 in January. Since making a 52-week low of $18.72 in July of last year, the stock is up about 53%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q4 report, GM is essentially flat.
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April 9, 2014
06:40 EDTGMCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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06:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded General Motors based on expectations the industry will be pressured by increasing technology capex needs. The analyst believes GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars which will pressure margins and earnings. The firm views valuation as fair but not on a relative basis vs. its coverage universe and assigned an Underweight rating on shares with a $33 price target.
06:00 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in Kentucky vote to allow strike, AP reports
GM's auto workers at its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant have voted to authorize a strike over safety concerns, the Associated Press reports. More than 90% of the eligible union workers voted to call a strike if necessary. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
18:56 EDTGMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
18:23 EDTGMGeneral Motors planning lower-priced Chevy Volt, Reuters says
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17:14 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA for timeliness of response to inquiry
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17:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA, reports CNBC
12:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $449M in support of electric vehicles
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09:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors appears oversold, says RBC Capital
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07:31 EDTGMGM workers in Bowling Green to hold vote on strike, AP reports
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07:17 EDTGMChina car sales up 9% as curbs spark early purchases, Bloomberg says
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07:14 EDTGMGM SUVs earn top scores among rivals in crash test, Bloomberg says
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said GM's (GM) Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned the highest scores among mid-size sport-utility cars in a test made to simulate one of the deadliest kinds of front-end crashes, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from IIHS's Chief Research Officer David Zuby. Toyota's (TM) Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating, while the other six cars that were tested were given a "marginal" or "poor" rating. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
17:25 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $450M in electric cars, WSJ says
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14:16 EDTGMGroup says General Motors' Impala could have air bag defect, Bloomberg reports
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11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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06:35 EDTGMGM investors keep faith as recall reduces $3B in value, Bloomberg says
A variety of institutional investors in GM say they still feel confident in the stock after the recall crisis reduced more than $3B in shareholders’ value over four weeks, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors considers range of options for victim-compensation, WSJ says
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April 6, 2014
18:12 EDTGMGM to begin fixing faulty ignition switches, WSJ says
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16:07 EDTGMGM's Opel brand planning compact electric car by 2017, Reuters says
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14:53 EDTGMMcCaskill says GM ignition case could lead to criminal charges, Reuters says
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