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March 7, 2014
16:54 EDTTM, F, RSH, SPLS, SWYUkraine, U.S. jobs dominate headlines as markets log gains
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a week that saw instability in Ukraine dominate headlines early, with a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report finishing the week. MACRO NEWS: Global markets started the week lower on concerns regarding the situation in Ukraine, and while the flow of news coming out of the region did not slow during the week, it appeared to weigh less prominently on investors as the week wore on... On Monday, China's final Markit/HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for February fell for the third straight month to a seven-month low of 48.5... The U.S. non-farm jobs report for February showed the economy added 175,000 jobs, exceeding economists' expectations for 150,000. Despite the better-than-expected job gains, the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7% from last month's 6.6% level... The Federal Reserve released its latest Beige Book report of economic activity on Wednesday, which showed that economic activity in eight of the central bank's twelve districts saw modest to moderate improvements since the last survey. The report showed, however, that the severe winter weather has weighed on retail sales. COMPANY NEWS: Auto sales fell for major US and Japanese brands, including Ford, which saw sales slide 6% and Toyota (TM), which saw sales slide 4% for February... Legacy big box retailers RadioShack (RSH) and Staples (SPLS) both reported earnings this week that disappointed and announced plans to close stores. RadioShack announced it would close 1,100 stores and said it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy, while Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America and said it will no longer provide annual sales or earnings guidance. Shares of both retailers fell more than 15% during the week... Safeway (SWY) announced a deal Thursday night to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital, in a deal that values the grocer at about $40 per share. Shares of Safeway lost about 2% after the deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, was formally announced. Shares of Safeway, however, have gained about 60% over the 52-week period ended with today's trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.8% to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1% to 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq was up 0.6% to 4,336.22.
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September 26, 2014
10:16 EDTFFord issues safety recall for 850K 2013-2014 vehicles
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 850,000 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America for a potential issue with the restraints control module. "In the affected vehicles, the restraints control module may experience a short circuit. If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury," Ford said.
September 25, 2014
13:21 EDTTMToyota recalls 132K Tundras over air bags
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12:42 EDTTM, FFord executive sees 2015 U.S. auto sales between 16.8M-17.5M
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05:22 EDTFFord exceeds UAW job commitment, announces Charter Communications order
Ford (F) has fulfilled its commitment to the UAW to create 12,000 U.S. hourly jobs by 2015, announcing 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the all-new Ford Transit is built. Ford has already met its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 as part of the 2011 UAW contract talks; total new job creation to date exceeds 14,000. Kansas City Assembly Plant adds 1,200 jobs to support growing demand for the all-new Ford Transit family of commercial vehicles; jobs are in addition to the 2,800 jobs added in 2012 and 2013. Transit posted its third consecutive month of U.S. sales growth in August, with nearly 1,100 sold; Transit recently posted its first large fleet order with Charter Communications (CHTR). The company ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans to be used by its technicians across 29 states.
September 24, 2014
11:24 EDTRSHRadioShack sees Fix It Here available to 700 locations by 2014 end
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09:18 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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07:43 EDTFBarclays continues to favor General Motors over Ford
Despite significant underperformance year-to-date, Barclays continues to favor General Motors (GM) over Ford (F). The firm sees better upside for General Motors driven by North America margins, improvement opportunities in China and Europe, an attractive cash flow story, and a valuation less vulnerable to a market pullback. Barclays sees a positive Q4 trade in Ford investors get excited about the new F-150, China growth and a turnaround in Europe.
07:37 EDTTMToyota JV reduces China sales outlook by 6%, WSJ says
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September 22, 2014
12:59 EDTTMToyota to use aluminum for Camry hood, Automotive News says
Toyota Motor (TM) looks set to begin using aluminum instead of steel to build the hood of its widely popular Camry vehicle, according to Automotive News. The change will begin in 2018, the website quoted an unnamed source as saying, Alcoa (AA) mines aluminum. Reference Link
12:04 EDTFFord to host investor day
investor Day to be held in Dearborn, MI on September 29 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTRSHRadioShack: Discussions with major vendor did not result in any changes
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07:02 EDTFJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTFCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
12:42 EDTFFord recalls 2015 Lincoln MKCs due to windshield glass defect
Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August. Reference Link
08:18 EDTFFord upcoming analyst day first in three years, says UBS
UBS previewed Ford ahead of its first analyst meeting in three years. The firm said they expect the company to give end of decade guidance, to update on global markets, to raise its global margins target, and to reiterate its capital deployment strategy. UBS has a Buy rating and $22 price target on Ford.
06:31 EDTFFord reduces Cologne manufacturing as EU demand calms, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTRSHStocks with implied volatility movement; TAP RSH
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Molson Coors (TAP) 31, RadioShack (RSH) 247 according to iVolatility.
September 18, 2014
15:07 EDTTMHonda to price upcoming fuel cell vehicle similar to Toyota, Nikkei reports
Honda's (HMC) upcoming fuel cell vehicle will be priced similar to Toyota's (TM), with a range of approximately $63,000-$73,000, Nikkei says. Both companies will be relying on government subsidies to give consumers an incentive to purchase the new vehicles. Reference Link
13:05 EDTTMToyota announces recall of 20K vehicles, model years 2014, 2015
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05:47 EDTRSHStocks with implied volatility movement; TRW RSH
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