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May 16, 2014
08:19 EDTTM, F, VLKAY, BAMXYCarmakers to securitize Chinese car loans, WSJ says
Ford (F) and Toyota Motor (TM) both separately confirmed plans to auction securities backed by their car loans in China in May, while the financing companies of Volkswagen (VLKAY) and BMW (BAMXY) in China are said by a person familiar with the matter to plan similarly-sized structured products in the near future, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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July 23, 2014
15:02 EDTFFord July weekly 18 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q2
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14:56 EDTFFord technical commentary ahead of results
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14:02 EDTFEarnings Preview: Ford approaches 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 36c on revenue of $36.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for earnings per share is 31c-43c on revenue of $34.65B-$39.42B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 25c against estimates for 31c on revenue of $35.9B against estimates for $34.06B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company said its plan for FY14 automotive revenue to be about equal to FY13's $139.4B is on track. It said FY14 operating margin and operating related cash flow plans are on track as well. The company maintained its view for U.S. and China industry volumes, but increased its view for EU 20 industry volume this year to 14M-15M from 13.5M-14.5M. The company expects second quarter production to be 1.7M units, up 32,000 units from a year ago, more than explained by higher volume in Asia Pacific. Compared with the first quarter, second quarter production is up 87,000 units. On its Q1 earnings conference call, Ford said it expects the remaining quarters of year to be 'substantially better' than Q1. On May 1, Ford announced CEO Alan Mulally was retiring and would be replaced by Mark Fields, effective July 1. On May 7, Ford announced a $1.8B stock repurchase plan. On June 24, Ford's Americas Chief Joe Hinrichs said the company was on schedule for its aluminum bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Fords's Q2 earnings report. On April 28, Craig-Hallum upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold based on balance sheet, earnings profitability and dividend yield, and the upcoming 2015 F-Series launch. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $21 from $16. On May 15, Buckingham said Ford shares should be sold. Buckingham recommended buying GM's (GM) shares aggressively and selling Ford's stock. The firm reported that GM's performance in May had significantly outpaced that of Ford, while GM's full-size pickup sales had risen year-over-year. The firm kept a Buy rating on GM and a Sell rating on Ford. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares have traded 13% higher since its Q1 report and are approaching their 52-week high of $18.08. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, Ford is up about 0.4% to $17.90.
13:45 EDTFEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
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11:02 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:25 EDTVLKAYVW head addresses German employees regarding cost reductions, Reuters says
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is planning to address workers at the car maker's largest facility in Germany as he aims to win their support for cost reductions at the firm's core VW brand, according to Reuters, citing two company sources. Winterkorn is aiming to reduce costs by $6.74B each year to streamline work processes at all levels of the brand. Reference Link
07:20 EDTVLKAYFiat head says VW tie-up never an option, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
13:29 EDTFFord taps Galhotra to lead Lincoln brand
Ford earlier today announced that Kumar Galhotra – currently the company’s vice president of Engineering, responsible for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally – will be vice president and president of the company's Lincoln brand, effective Sept. 1. This new dedicated position, reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, is designed to accelerate Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand, the automaker added. Succeeding Galhotra is Jim Holland, who is named vice president, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, effective Sept. 1, Ford added. Holland will report to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.
11:03 EDTFFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
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07:24 EDTBAMXYMercedes invests in training, distribution to catch up in China, WSJ says
Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz unit is investing in China to build its biggest training facility in the world for car dealers and to add 100 new distribution outlets as it works to close the gap in the country with German automaking rivals BMW (BAMXY) and Audi, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 18, 2014
18:21 EDTTMToyota to launch pricier compact in India, Nikkei reports
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15:23 EDTTMJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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July 17, 2014
07:50 EDTVLKAYBiggest Fiat stakeholder denies possible VW acquisition, Bloomberg says
Fiat's (FIATY) largest stakeholder, the Agnelli family, said that there were no talks regarding a merger between the Italian car manufacturer and Volkswagen (VLKAY), according to Bloomberg, citing a spokesman for Exor, the Agnelli family's investment firm. Exor owns 30% of Fiat’s shares and was responding to a report by Germany’s Manager Magazin. Reference Link
06:44 EDTVLKAYReport says VW in talks to buy Fiat, Reuters says
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05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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July 16, 2014
10:22 EDTBAMXYBMW to make 3 more vehicle models in China, WSJ says
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09:52 EDTBAMXYBMW issues recall for 1.6M vehicles globally, Reuters says
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08:00 EDTFFord added to US Key Calls List at UBS
UBS added Ford to its Key Calls List after its recent survey raised its confidence in the success of the F-150 product launch. The survey showed good reception and that buyers were willing to pay a premium above the firm's estimates. UBS said shares are trading well below its long-term OEM average multiple and maintains its Buy rating and $23 price target on Ford.
06:19 EDTFFord, GM, Chrysler not interested in Tesla patents, Detroit News says
Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Chrysler (FIATY) either have little interest in Tesla's (TSLA) EV patents or the companies are not sharing their plans, reports the Detroit News. Reference Link
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