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July 15, 2014
06:27 EDTF, NSANY, GM, VLKAY, FIATY, HMC, TMAutomakers backing U.S.-EU trade deal, NY Times reports
Automakers are among the biggest proponents of a U.S.-E.U. free trade pact that is currently being negotiated, according to The New York Times. There are some obstacles to reaching a deal, however, the newspaper added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
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August 20, 2015
06:53 EDTNSANYNissan upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan (yesterday)
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06:38 EDTTMToyota to ask parts makers for price cuts, Nikkei reports
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August 19, 2015
18:40 EDTVLKAYAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
09:40 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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August 17, 2015
18:20 EDTVLKAYRegulators question Volkswagen over airbag rupture, Reuters says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested information from Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Takata (TKTDY) over a previously-reported incident involving the rupture of a side air bag, Reuters reported. Volkswagen has not yet recalled any vehicles in connection with Takata's allegedly faulty air bags, the report noted. A Takata spokesperson said, "We believe [the Volkswagen incident] is unrelated to the previous recalls, which the extensive data suggests were a result of aging and long-term exposure to heat and high humidity." Reference Link
07:42 EDTF, HMC, GM, TMNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
07:04 EDTHMCGarmin expands mutliyear navigation partnership with Honda
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August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
14:30 EDTTMToyota pauses three Chinese production lines, Bloomberg says
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August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTGMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:57 EDTGMSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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13:03 EDTGMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:37 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
08:08 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen recalls roughly 420,000 vehicles in U.S. for air bag malfunction
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