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April 7, 2014
11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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April 23, 2015
07:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q1 EPS ex-items 86c, consensus 97c
Reports Q1 revenue $35.7B, consensus $37.61B.
April 22, 2015
15:50 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:54 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q1 report
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 23 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 97c on revenue of $37.61B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.07 on revenue of $35.71B-$39.36B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.19 against estimates for 83c on revenue of $40.5B against estimates for $40.12B. In Q4, GM reported the following: Retail vehicle sales of 2.55M units; Total U.S. retail vehicle sales of 727K units and total North America retail vehicle sales of 854K units; Europe retail sales of 298K units; APMEA retail sales of 1.165M units; South America retail vehicle sales of 236K units; Total worldwide automotive market share of 11.4%, with total U.S. market share of 17.4%; Total Europe share of 6.3% and total APMEA share of 10.5%; North America capacity utilization of 98.9%. GM announced it intends to increase the second quarter dividend on its common stock by 20% to 36c per share. On March 9, GM announced a $5B share repurchase program. On April 22, GM said it sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to GM’s Q1 earnings report. On February 5, Craig-Hallum upgraded General Motors to Buy from Hold. The analyst said the company's Q4 report was superb and expects a very strong year ahead given recall issues that are mostly behind it and a continuation of impressive truck/SUV sales. Additionally, Craig-Hallum expects more shareholder-friendly actions following the announcement of a 20% common dividend increase. They raised their price target on the shares to $44 from $34. On March 10, Citigroup raised its price target for shares of General Motors to $50 from $49 saying the car maker's "earnings and overlooked progress" should hold more weight now that its capital allocation is in place. The firm continues to believe shares will trade at premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. It thinks the GM bears have "run out of excuses" and kept a Buy rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have gained approximately 8% since Q4 results were released and notched a 52-week high of $38.99 in March. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, GM shares are down 0.4%.
06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors says sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year
General Motors sold 2.4 million vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. Opel/Vauxhall increased its sales by 3% in Europe. “The momentum our brands are building in China, the U.S. and Western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We are in the early days of a very aggressive onslaught of new products and customer-driven innovation,” she said. “Already, the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado are redefining segments in the United States, Cadillac is growing rapidly in China and establishing a new formula for prestige sedans with the CT6 and Opel’s revitalization is accelerating across Europe. At the same time, we are deploying OnStar with 4G LTE in North America, Europe and China to give our customers the best connectivity experience in the industry.”
April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTGMGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
14:16 EDTGMEinhorn lists AerCap, CBI, GM as new longs, Bloomberg reports
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11:35 EDTGMGeneral Motors ignition switch death claims rise to 87, WSJ reports
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06:50 EDTGMTesla price target slashed to $165 at JPMorgan
After lowering its earnings estimates to reflect adverse currency moves, higher operating costs and slower than earlier expected Model X ramp, JPMorgan cut its price target for Tesla shares to $165 from $175. The stock closed Friday up 9c to $206.79. The firm dropped its Q1 earnings estimate to (38c) from (31c) despite the increase in Q1 deliveries preannounced by the electric car maker. JPMorgan keeps an Underweight rating on Tesla, the firm's equivalent to a sell. It maintains Overweight ratings on Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) with price targets of $19 and $46, respectively, ahead of the Q1 reporting season.
April 19, 2015
12:42 EDTGMGM China JV plans $16B investment in new car development, WSJ says
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April 16, 2015
06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
09:55 EDTGMBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motors’ new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
17:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors confirms raising quarterly dividend to 36c from 30c per share
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13:31 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 84, WSJ reports
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12:58 EDTGMGM says it has resolved Bolt's technical challenges, Financial Times reports
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12:44 EDTGMFiat Chrysler interested in partnering with GM, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler 9FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to make a "mega deal" before stepping down in early 2019 and has shown "particular interest" in partnering with GM(GM), according to Reuters. GM is strong in Asia, an area of weakness for Fiat Chrysler, while GM is looking to expand in Europe, the news service stated. Reference Link
07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
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