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January 30, 2013
06:01 EDTTM, RDS.A, F, DELLOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Small investors are back in the market after abandoning it during the financial crisis. The return by individual investors is a big reason why the Dow Jones Industrial Average is moving toward an all-time high. The Dow has jumped 850 points in January, a 6.5% gain, marking its best start to a new year since 1989, the Wall Street Journal reports...The Fed could be charting a course that leaves the highly profitable central bank with no extra income to hand over to the Treasury for several years. That's what five Fed staff economists who examined how the central bank's bond-buying programs will affect its profitability over the long run, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Toyota Motor (TM) will recall 1.1M cars worldwide for defects, including 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles in the U.S. to fix airbags that could be deployed inadvertently, Reuters reports...A Dutch court ruled today that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) can be held partially responsible for pollution in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, saying the company should have prevented sabotage at one of its facilities, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: A widening loss in Europe sent Fordís (F) shares down the most in seven months, taking the marketís attention from Q4 earnings that beat estimates. Shares for Ford slid 4.6% to $13.14 yesterday, the biggest one-day drop since June 29 and wiped out most of their gains this year, Bloomberg reports...Michael Dell is seeking majority control of Dell (DELL) in a buyout that would combine his 15.7% stake in the company with as much as $1B of his personal funds, sources say, Bloomberg reports.
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April 15, 2014
15:53 EDTFFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:12 EDTFBofA/Merrill to hold a summit
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08:01 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 12% in March, 11% in Q1
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April 11, 2014
14:14 EDTFDeutsche Bank upgrades Ford on earnings outlook
Deutsche Bank upgraded Ford (F) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors, saying that the company's earnings are poised to increase significantly in 2015-2016. WHAT'S NEW: Ford can increase the price of its pickup trucks, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache wrote. The company's pickups now cost just an average of about $150 per vehicle more than GM's offerings, versus the average gap of $3,000 over the last five years, Lache explained. Ford's new F150 truck will be less expensive than previously expected, as the truck's aluminum body will be cheaper than anticipated and the company has been able to find other ways to cut production costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Ford's prospects in Europe and China are "favorable," according to the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. He raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18.50. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lache was somewhat upbeat on General Motors (GM), saying that the company can keep it profits at "decent" levels by cutting its costs. However, he added that the automaker's products have not met expectations. Lache now expects GM's share of the pickup truck market share to drop to 17% in 2015 from 17.5% this year. He lowered his 2014 EPS estimate for GM to $2.58 from $3.38 and reduced his 2015 EPS estimate for the company to $4.20 from $4.80. Lache reduced his price target on the shares to $41 from $48, but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ford added 0.6% to $15.72, while GM fell 2.9% to $32.33.
12:42 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTFFord rallies in early trading following upgrade, levels to watch
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07:31 EDTFChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:15 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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April 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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06:32 EDTFAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
10:02 EDTFBofA/Merrill's US autos/auto parts analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:01 EDTFFord price target lowred to $17 from $20 at Morgan Stanley
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06:40 EDTFCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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05:24 EDTFFord Focus retains best-selling vehicle title in 2013
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April 8, 2014
08:44 EDTFFord says China sales cross 100,000 mark in March, March sales up 28% y/y
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06:38 EDTFFord's March China sales up 28% y/y, Reuters reports
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April 7, 2014
12:47 EDTFFord recalls 434,000 vehicles in two unrelated recalls, Detroit News reports
Ford is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls announced Monday, reports Detroit News. The company is recalling 385,750 Escape compact SUVs due to a rusty subframe. it also will recall 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seatback frames that don't comply to the NHTSA standard. Reference Link
05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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April 4, 2014
07:55 EDTFFord outpacing rivals in China on strength of SUVs, WSJ says
Thanks in large part to a rising demand in China for sport-utility vehicles, Ford's (F) China deliveries jumped past Toyota (TM) in 2013 and the U.S. automaker also gained on General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), who it has similarly trailed in China for years, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
April 3, 2014
09:30 EDTFApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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