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August 5, 2014
15:18 EDTVLKAY, SPWRSunPower partners with Volkswagen to provide residential solar energy solutions
As part of Volkswagen's (VLKAY) efforts to deliver an ultra-low-carbon car, the company is working with SunPower (SPWR) to provide qualified U.S. Volkswagen e-Golf customers the opportunity to install a high performance SunPower solar system. A residential SunPower system can help customers save on annual household electricity costs as well as power their electric vehicle, reducing overall cost of ownership, according to Volkswagen. Volkswagen Group of America is SunPower's first automotive partner whose customers will receive premier access to an energy storage solution from SunPower for a limited time once it becomes commercially available.
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February 9, 2016
19:18 EDTSPWROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Limelight Networks (LLNW), up 20%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), up 15.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 9.9%... Paycom Software (PAYC), up 13.8%... A10 Networks (ATEN), up 7.3%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 8.6%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 6.5%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Empire District Electric (EDE), up 14.8% after Algonquin Power will acquire the company for $34.00 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 32.6%... LeapFrog (LF), down 2%... Orion Energy Systems (OESX), down 23.8%... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), down 3.6%... Sangamo Biosciences (SGMO), down 7.1%... Disney (DIS), down 3.4%... Demandware (DWRE), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Sunrun (RUN) is down 6.9%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 6.6%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 2.9%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 2.9%, and Tesla (TSLA) is down 2.2% following SolarCity's fourth quarter results.
17:53 EDTSPWRSolar stocks drop after SolarCity reports Q4 results
Solar stocks followed SolarCity (SCTY) down after the company reported its fourth quarter results and gave guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NEW: SolarCity reported Q4 earnings per share of ($2.37) against analyst expectations of ($2.59), and Q4 revenue of $115M, against consensus estimates of $105.62M. The company reported Q4 installations up 54% to 272 mega watts. Q4 commercial installations were up 82% to 51 MW while residential installations were up 49% to 221 MW. Operating Lease and Solar Energy Incentive revenue was up 53% to $75M in Q4. SolarCity sees Q1 adjusted EPS ($2.65)-($2.55), against analyst expectations of ($2.36). The company sees Q1 installations up 18% year-over-year to 180 MW. This represents a higher-than-usual seasonal slowdown due to decision to end Nevada operations and renewed focus on cash conversion cycle, particularly in longer lead-time commercial projects. The company also continues to target 1.25 gigawatts installed in FY16. The company noted that the ITC extension provides growth tailwinds. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the earnings press release, management noted, "We closed out a strong 2015 with installations growing 73% to a record 870 MW and costs falling to new lows, though we fell short of our installation goals more than once. We are not happy with these results, and recognize our need to revamp our guidance methodology to avoid any potential shortfalls going forward. Notably, residential has consistently performed above our expectations over the last year, and we missed guidance largely on commercial installations. While we had expected the introduction in mid-2015 of a new guidance methodology that incorporated only commercial projects that were already under construction to minimize risk, clearly this wasn't sufficient. With larger projects, particularly ground-mount, this methodology still leaves sufficient time for delays to push construction past deadlines. Going forward, we plan on removing from guidance any large projects with construction deadlines late in the quarter." PRICE ACTION: Shares of SolarCity plunged 32.5% in after-hours trading to $17.79. OTHERS TO WATCH: Sunrun (RUN) is down 7%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 8.2%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 4.3%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 5.9% following SolarCity's Q4 results. Elon Musk's other publicly traded company, Tesla (TSLA), is also down after-hours by 3.1%.
11:23 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen receiving interest in large engines unit, Reuters reports
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11:08 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen receiving interest in large engines unit, Reuters reports
February 8, 2016
07:16 EDTVLKAYVW Trucks unit exploring acquisitions, IPO, Bloomberg reports
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February 7, 2016
18:59 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to offer 'generous' compensation for U.S. owners, Reuters says
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February 5, 2016
08:36 EDTVLKAYDaimler CEO: Won't sacrifice margins in effort to overtake BMW, Reuters says
Daimler (DDAIF) CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the auto maker would not sacrifice margins in its effort to overtake BMW (BAMXY) to become the best-selling luxury car brand, Reuters reports, citing comments from Zetsche to analysts at a conference to discuss Q4 results. Zetsche is urging Mercedes to become the leading luxury car brand by 2020 after surpassing Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF), the report says. "The volume lead should be the consequence of having the best offering," Zetsche said. "If we accomplish this, it is a natural consequence that more people will choose us." He added, "People said it will create pricing and margin pressure. Exactly the opposite is true." Reference Link
08:14 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen delays annual results, meeting due to open questions on emissions
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08:11 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen delays annual report, general meeting, Bloomberg reports
The annual results and AGM are delayed due to open issues on emissions.
06:14 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen Group of America names David Detweiler as general counsel
Volkswagen Group of America announced yesterday that it has appointed David Detweiler to serve as EVP and General Counsel, effective February 1. The company also announced that it has appointed David Geanacopoulos to the new position of Senior EVP for Public Affairs and Public Policy.
February 3, 2016
06:59 EDTVLKAYVW submits California plan to repair recalled diesel vehicles, Reuters says
The California Air Resources Board and EPA said that Volkswagen has submitted a plan to repair 80,000 recalled 3-liter diesel vehicles that emit up to nine times legally allowed pollution, Reuters reports. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
14:11 EDTVLKAYAutodata estimates January U.S. auto sales pace at 17.58M, CNBC reports
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10:38 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen reports January U.S. sales down 14.57% to 20,0379 units
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07:09 EDTVLKAYTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTVLKAYAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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13:24 EDTVLKAYTesla bull cuts target as competition ramps more quickly than new models
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) dipped significantly in early trading before later rebounding after Morgan Stanley cut its price target on the automaker to $333 from its previous $450, with the research firm citing a slow production ramp for its new car models, potentially weakened consumer demand amid cheap oil, and clearly heightening competition in the electric and autonomous vehicle space. LOW DEMAND, MORE COMPETITION: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones cut his price target on Tesla to $333 from $450, arguing Monday that the carmaker is facing a slow production ramp for the Model X as well as the Model 3, which Jones said may launch in late 2018, missing the company's internal target by at least one year. It is reasonable to assume, Jones said, that Tesla is taking a deliberate, quality-conscious pace for Model X production while also shuffling personnel to help with the car's early rollout, impacting the launch of the mass-market Model 3 even as the company grapples with potentially reduced consumer demand in today's cheap oil environment. Given his assumption of lower volumes, the analyst's revised his 2020 forecast for complete vehicle deliveries to less than half of Tesla's own 500,000 target. For 2016, the analyst cut his total delivery forecast 2% to roughly 70,000 units, including a revision of Model X expectations to 15,000 from 18,500. Contributing to Tesla's headwinds, its consumer energy storage solution looks to be more expensive than previously thought, while competition in the shared and autonomous mobility arena has increased markedly. Indeed, competing efforts from Ford (F), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Alphabet (GOOG) and many others appear "genuine" and are likely to see significant investment follow-through, potentially pressuring Tesla's margins as it increases R&D spend to keep pace, Jones argued. That said, the analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the shares, explaining that while Tesla remains a high risk name that burns plenty of cash to fuel its ambitious plans, it may still be the best positioned company in the ongoing "Auto 2.0" transition. PRICE ACTION: After quickly dropping as low as $182.75 in early trading, shares of Tesla are now up 2.6% to $196.14 in afternoon trading.
January 31, 2016
19:33 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen operating results 'good,' not pressured to sell trucks, Reuters says
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January 29, 2016
08:35 EDTVLKAYVW may repurchase diesel vehicles it can't fix, NY Times reports
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January 28, 2016
14:11 EDTSPWRCalifornia PUC approves new net-metering rules
The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the proposed Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff.
10:28 EDTVLKAYTakata CEO plans to resign, WSJ reports
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