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July 24, 2014
06:36 EDTFFord backs FY14 pre-tax profit guidance of $7B-$8B
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06:34 EDTFFord reports Q2 EPS excl. items 40c, consensus 36c
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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTGM, FNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
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 EDTGM, FEarnings 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 EDTF, GMEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
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13:30 EDTGMGM announces six new recalls totaling 717,950 vehicles
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11:02 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:53 EDTGMWider group of engineers at GM knew about switch issues, WSJ says
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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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10:38 EDTGMGM recalls 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s for power steering defect
GM is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6 and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August. Reference Link
07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 21, 2014
11:57 EDTNSANY, GMChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
06:58 EDTNSANYForeign electric cars won't qualify for Chinese tax break, China Daily says
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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06:07 EDTNSANYNissan to introduce self-parking cars by 2016, Detroit News reports
Nissan is planning to introduce self-parking cars by 2016, the Detroit News reports. The feature, which will be available along with technology enabling cars to self-navigate congested highway, on a wide range of vehicles, CEO Carlos Ghosn says. Reference Link
July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
18:21 EDTTMToyota to launch pricier compact in India, Nikkei reports
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15:23 EDTTM, HMC, NSANYJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
06:28 EDTANAutonation investing $100M to build car-buying app, WSJ reports
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July 17, 2014
13:18 EDTANOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:56 EDTANAutonation falls after results, levels to watch
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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
07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:31 EDTANAutonation reports Q2 EPS cont ops 83c, consensus 87c
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06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:44 EDTVLKAYReport says VW in talks to buy Fiat, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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July 16, 2014
18:33 EDTNSANYNissan releases ultralow-budget car in China, Nikkei reports
Nissan Motor released an ultralow-budget passenger car in China to compete directly with local automakers, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
13:05 EDTGMGM sold 2.5M vehicles worldwide in Q2
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09:29 EDTHMCHonda India unit issues recall for 1,338 vehicles, Reuters says
Honda's India division issued a recall for 1,338 vehicles in the country to implement a preventive replacement of the passenger side air bag inflator, according to Reuters, citing an emailed statement from the automobile manufacturer. Reference Link
09:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into testimony at Senate hearing
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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.
06:35 EDTHMCAcura aims for boost from new TLX vehicle in U.S., Bloomberg says
Honda’s U.S. senior vice president who leads the Acura brand, Mike Accavitti, said the brand has scrambled to raise U.S. deliveries amid competition from larger luxury vehicles and expects it to experience quicker growth starting in August with the arrival of the new mid-size TLX, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Accavitti. Reference Link
06:31 EDTGMDocuments show GM hid defect from regulators, NY Times reports
Documents indicate that GM knew at least three fatal crashes were caused by its faulty ignition switches, but failed to tell regulators that when asked about the cause of the accidents, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMSenators turn scrutiny towards GM General Counsel, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTGM, FFord, 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
July 15, 2014
17:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares should climb 30%, Barron's says
GM shares look inexpensive at current prices and shares should climb over 30% in the next year, Barron's contends in its "Ahead of the Crowd" column. Reference Link
17:35 EDTFGoogle confirms Alan Mulally appointment to board
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16:15 EDTFGoogle appoints ex Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board, CNBC says
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09:14 EDTVLKAYVW CEO aiming for $6.8B in savings to boost profitability, Bloomberg says
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07:57 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen says new midsize SUV to be produced in Chattanooga, TN
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06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors, VocallQ looking to develop voice-control systems, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTF, TM, GM, VLKAY, HMC, NSANYAutomakers backing U.S.-EU trade deal, NY Times reports
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July 14, 2014
18:04 EDTHMCHonda to shift production of outboard engines to China, Nikkei reports
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12:40 EDTGMDelphi confirms that it is not focus of investigation, Detroit News reports
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12:36 EDTGMDelphi not target of DOJ's switch investigation, Reuters reports
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09:16 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen poised to invest $900M in Tennesee facility, WSJ says
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08:52 EDTANAutonation revenues likely to be above consensus, says ITG Research
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08:14 EDTGM, FFord should beat Q2 estimates while General Motors will miss, says UBS
UBS believes Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thinks GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thinks Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
07:55 EDTTM, FToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
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07:55 EDTNSANYNissan adds to bet on soccer with new sponsorship deal, FT says
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07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTFFord ceases production at South African facility, Reuters says
Ford announced that it has temporarily ceased production at one of its South African facilities due to a strike at some of its suppliers, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ford spokeswoman Alicia Chetty. Chetty said that only Ford's Pretoria facility was affected while its other plant in Port Elizabeth was operating as usual. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen expected to unveil details of new SUV for U.S. market, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTNSANY, TM, FABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
July 13, 2014
15:52 EDTGMSouth Africa strike continues with impact on GM output, WSJ says
The National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa has rejected employers concessions and will continue to strike, says the Wall Street Journal. The strike has affected vehicle production at General Motors and BMW facilities in the country, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
10:35 EDTNSANY, GMCadillac confirms Johan de Nysschen as president
General Motors (GM) announced the appointment of Johan de Nysschen as President – Cadillac. de Nysschen will be responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development, strategic brand development and marketing and product portfolio planning, including critical input for product engineering and design. de Nysschen joins the GM executive leadership team as an executive vice president of the company beginning September 1 and reports to GM President Dan Ammann. de Nysschen spent the last two years as head of the Infiniti (NSANY) brand worldwide.
09:11 EDTGMFormer head of Infiniti taking over Cadillac, CNBC reports
Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Infiniti and Audi USA, will be taking over General Motors' Cadillac division, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
08:50 EDTFNHTSA probes 500K Ford vehicles for steering issue, Detroit News says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary probe into 500K older Ford vehicles for steering issues, according to the Detroit News, citing comments from the NHTSA. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the car manufacturer will cooperate with the NHTSA. Reference Link
06:37 EDTVLKAYUnion creates branch for employees at VW facility, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTNSANYDe Nysschen resigns as Infiniti Motor president, WSJ reports
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July 10, 2014
14:33 EDTANAutonation July volatility elevated at 31 into Q2
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14:01 EDTTMToyota selects KDC to develop new North American headquaters
Toyota announced that it has selected Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments, one of America's leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, to develop its new North American headquarters campus in the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Toyota recently finalized the purchase of its new headquarters site and expects to begin occupying the campus in late 2016 or early 2017. Once completed, the headquarters will be home to about 4,000 Toyota employees.
12:18 EDTHMCHonda downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
09:56 EDTFFord, Fiat Chrysler inquire about EU changes, FT says
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09:50 EDTFFord 'committed' to South Africa, minimizes worries over strikes, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTVLKAYChina exempts new energy cars from sales tax, Xinhua reports
China announced yesterday that new energy cars would be exempt from a 10% sales tax starting in September, according to Xinhua. The tax will not have to be paid by buyers of qualified pure electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars and fuel cell cars from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, the news service quoted the Chinese government as saying. Tesla (TSLA), Volkswagen (VLKAY), and Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are among the companies that are poised to benefit from the decision. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
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