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July 31, 2015
16:22 EDTFStocks end week higher in U.S. despite selloff in China
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08:14 EDTGMAmerican Axle selected by GM to provide axles, driveshafts
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06:53 EDTTMToyota signs pact with two companies for in-car navigation, Re/code says
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06:02 EDTHMCHonda sees FY16 EPS up 8.64% to Y291.3
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05:59 EDTHMCHonda reports Q1 EPS Y103.22 vs. Y86.34 last year
Reports Q1 revenue Y3.7T vs. Y3.21T last year. Reports Q1 operating profit Y239B vs. Y205.5B last year.
July 30, 2015
12:09 EDTF, GMFiat Chrysler CEO: 'No immediate plans' to divest Magneti Marelli, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the company has "no immediate plans" to divest Magneti Marelli, though there may be plans to do so in the future, Reuters reports, citing comments from the company's analyst call. Marchionne said that he sees the company breaking even in Brazil by the end of 2015 and that he wants to narrow the gap in labor costs with Ford (F) and GM (GM) in ongoing labor talks, the report says. The CEO added that he sees FY15 Maserati sales being flat or close to the previous year's levels, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTF2 Ford F-150s see different crash test results, Detroit News reports
Two Ford F-150 models with different configurations tested differently in safety tests that tested whether aluminum can be a safe material for pickup bodies, the Detroit News reports. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab its Top Safety Pick, while its sister version, the two-door extended cab, received only a marginal rating in the test, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in South Korea approve wage deal, Reuters reports
GM workers in South Korea have voted to ratify a tentative wage deal under which GM Korea will raise the basic monthly wage by 83,000 won and pay each worker 10.5M won in bonuses and incentives, Reuters reports. Reference Link
July 29, 2015
07:16 EDTFFord price target raised to $23 from $19 at UBS
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06:15 EDTGMGM's Chevrolet announces $1B investment in India
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06:14 EDTTM, F, VLKAY, GMGM, Ford sales rise to level of German luxury auto makers, WSJ says
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05:55 EDTGMStocks with implied volatility movement; NCR GM
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July 28, 2015
19:19 EDTFFord stock should keep rising, Barron's says
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16:53 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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14:41 EDTGMHigh option volume stocks
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13:47 EDTGMGeneral Motors would fit some Buffett 'take-private' criteria, FT says
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13:18 EDTGMChevrolet to invest $5B to strengthen position in growth markets
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13:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees doubling investment through 2018 in Brazil, Reuters reports
Jaime Ardila, the head of GM in South America, said at a press conference that the automaker will double its investment in Brazil to $3.8B through 2018, Reuters reports. The carmaker's investment will be aimed at developing new technologies and products, and GM plans to introduce a new family of vehicles into the country, Ardila says. Reference Link
12:31 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
11:27 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss July sales results will be held on August 3 at 10 am. Webcast Link
10:00 EDTANOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AutoNation (AN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Bojangles (BOJA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Emerald Oil (EOX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Haemonetics (HAE) upgraded Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Jefferies sees entry point for Aegerion (AEGR), upgrades to Buy... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Triumph Bancorp (TBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Waste Management (WM) upgraded on valuation, rebounding businesses at Argus... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:31 EDTFFord says on track toward profitability in Europe
Says seeing "modest but good growth" in Europe. Says on track toward profitability in Europe. Sees 2H results in Europe worse than 1H. Says "cautiously optimistic" on continued industry growth in Europe in 2H. Sees some "green shoots" in Europe. Sees strong results in Asia Pacific in 2015, sees results exceeding 2014. Says "bullish" on China, but "it's going to go through fluctuations." Says slowing China sales puts pressure on pricing. Says "a little concerned" about South America, Russia, says "watching China closely." Says plans, priorities "unchanged."
09:18 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:18 EDTFFord says 'no signs of bottom' in South America
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09:17 EDTFFord still sees 2H15 results stronger than 1H
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08:49 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlook positive, says Argus
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07:55 EDTFFord still sees 2015 U.S. industry volume 17M-17.5M vehicles
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07:14 EDTFFord backs FY15 pre-tax profit view of $8.5B-$9.5B
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07:02 EDTFFord reports Q2 EPS 47c, consensus 37c
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06:55 EDTTM, VLKAYVolkswagen passes Toyota as largest auto maker by sales, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGM, NSANY, HMC, TM, VLKAY, FU.S. regulators pledge to continue auto safety crackdown, WSJ reports
Federal regulators have vowed to continue a crackdown on auto makers when discovering "significant" safety lapses, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that he was "encouraged" by conversations with car companies about safety problems, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:12 EDTGMGM to spend $5B in global growth markets, Financial Times reports
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06:10 EDTANAutoNation upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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July 27, 2015
19:45 EDTTMScion chief plans to double U.S. sales by 2017, Reuters says
Toyota's Scion brand aims to double its U.S. vehicle sales to more than 100,000 by 2017, reports Reuters, citing statements from Scion chief Doug Murtha. Murtha told reporters that three upcoming Scion vehicle launches will drive the sales boost, adding that he expects 2015 sales to be roughly comparable to 2014 results. Reference Link
15:19 EDTFFord technical comments before earnings
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15:03 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:50 EDTGM, FEarnings Watch: Ford shares down approximately 9% since Q1 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 37c on revenue of $35.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 26c-43c on revenue of $33.41B-$37.32B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 23c against estimates for 26c, on automotive revenue of $31.8B against estimates for $33.9B. Ford reported Q1 wholesales of 1.568M. It raised its FY15 North American pre-tax operating margin view to 8.5%-9.5% from 8%-9%, and reconfirmed its 2015 pre-tax profit guidance of $8.5B-$9.5B. Ford said it expects North America to have a very strong year in 2015, with substantial top-line growth, higher pre-tax profit, and an improved operating margin. Ford sees 2015 U.S. industry volume of 17M-17.5M vehicles, Europe 20 industry volume of 15.2M-15.7M vehicles, and China industry volume of 24M-26M, compared to the previous view for Europe 20 of 14.8M-15.3M and China of 24.5M-26.5M. On its Q1 conference call, Ford said it sees 2015 as a "breakthrough year" for the company. It sees results growing "progressively stronger" as new products continue to build momentum. It said it saw strong top-line growth in 2015, and expected to improve global market share. Results in the second half of 2015 were expected to be stronger than the first half due to product timing, and capacity launches. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: April U.S. sales up 5% to 222,498 vehicles; May U.S. sales down 1% to 250,813 units; and June U.S. sales up 1.6% to 225,647 units. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q2 earnings report. On June 23, Goldman upgraded Ford to Buy from Neutral. Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault shifted his preference in automakers, upgrading Ford to Buy from Neutral and downgrading General Motors (GM) to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors. The analyst cited a superior growth outlook at Ford, Ford's improving positioning in China, and rising truck incentives from GM. Archambault viewed Ford as less vulnerable to the slowing growth in the Chinese market. The analyst raised his price target on Ford to $19 from $18, and lowered his price target on GM to $40 from $47, but noted that the new target still has 11% upside. On June 10, UBS said the underperformance in Ford shares has made it an attractive time to buy the stock, as the firm believed the company should have a strong second half of the year. The firm cited the successful F-150 launch, with demand exceeding supply, as well as China sales and the company's restructuring efforts. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $19 price target on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 9% since its Q1 report and have lost about 18% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Ford is up fractionally.
11:52 EDTFFord July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:44 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTVLKAYBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because it’s not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
14:57 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares look 'very cheap,' Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTGMStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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13:55 EDTGMGeneral Motors falls, levels to watch
Shares were last down at $30.90. At that price next support is at $30.30 and then at $28.82 which is the 52-week low. Resistance is at $31.75.
13:19 EDTGMDOJ unlikely to charge General Motors with bankruptcy fraud, WSJ reports
According to sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that it is "unlikely" that General Motors will be charged with bankruptcy fraud by the DOJ. However, the sources say that prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan are still considering charging GM with criminal wire-fraud and would hope to bring a case and reach a settlement with the automaker as early as September. Reference Link
13:16 EDTGMU.S. Attorney's office considering wire-fraud charges against GM, DJ reports
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:32 EDTGM, FCiti sees 'plenty of reasons' to buy General Motors
Citi analyst Itay Michaeli sees "plenty of reasons" to buy shares of General Motors (GM) ahead the Q2 results and reiterates a Buy rating on the name. Strong results e could serve as a turning point for investor sentiment, Michaeli tells investors in a research note. He continues to expect GM shares will trade at a premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $50 price target.
07:15 EDTGMGeneral Motors record margins increase confidence in 2016, says UBS
UBS said General Motors record North American margins increases the firm's confidence in 2016. The firm views GM's Q2 results as solid, citing stability in the China market, close to breakeven results in Europe and management guidance for improved performance in the second half of 2015. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $49 from $46 on General Motors shares.
06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:32 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:37 EDTGMGM says FTC probing if dealers certified vehicles needing recall repairs
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10:33 EDTGMGM sees China auto industry to grow in low single digit range in 2015
10:20 EDTGMGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:13 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTGMGM Financial reports Q2 net income $186M
GM Financial announced net income of $186 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $175 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $336 million, compared to $320 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Consumer loan originations were $4.3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $4.1 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, and $3.6 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Consumer loan originations for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $8.4 billion, compared to $7.0 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The outstanding balance of consumer finance receivables was $27.3 billion at June 30, 2015. Operating lease originations of General Motors Company vehicles were $5.6 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $3.0 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, and $1.5 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Operating lease originations for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $8.6 billion, compared to $2.3 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Leased vehicles, net was $12.9 billion at June 30, 2015. The outstanding balance of commercial finance receivables was $7.8 billion at June 30, 2015 compared to $7.6 billion at March 31, 2015 and $7.1 billion at June 30, 2014. Consumer finance receivables 31-to-60 days delinquent were 3.6% of the portfolio at June 30, 2015, compared to 3.5% at June 30, 2014. Accounts more than 60 days delinquent were 1.6% of the portfolio at June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014. Annualized net credit losses were 1.6% of average consumer finance receivables for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 and 1.4% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, annualized consumer net credit losses were 1.7%, compared to 1.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The Company had total available liquidity of $12.9 billion at June 30, 2015, consisting of $2.1 billion of unrestricted cash, $9.2 billion of borrowing capacity on unpledged eligible assets, $0.6 billion of borrowing capacity on unsecured lines of credit and $1.0 billion of borrowing capacity on a Junior Subordinated Revolving Credit Facility from GM.
07:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says expects second half to be better than first half
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07:48 EDTGMGeneral Motors up 6% to $32.10 after Q2 earnings top expectations
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07:47 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 worldwide market share of 11.1%
Reports Q2 North America market share of 17.1%, including 17.6% in the U.S. Reports Europe market share of 6.3%. Reports APMEA market share of 9.9%. Reports South America market share of 15%.
07:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 worldwide vehicles sales of 2.46M
General Motors reports Q2 North America vehicle sales of 965,000, including 822,000 in the U.S. Reports Q2 Europe vehicles sales of 319,000. Reports Q2 Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa vehicle sales of 1.02M. Reports Q2 South America vehicle sales of 156,000.
07:41 EDTGMGeneral Motors reaffirms 2015 outlook for improved EBIT-adjusted
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07:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors attributes lower Q2 revenue to negative currency impact
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO says first two quarters of year were strong
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.29, consensus $1.08
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07:19 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:19 EDTGM, FUAW concerned over auto production moving to Mexico, NYT says
The greatest concern for the United Automobile Workers, or UAW, union as it enters discussions on new contracts with Detroit auto makers Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM) is losing vehicle production to lower-wage countries such as Mexico, the New York Times reports. Union president Dennis Williams was upset over comments last week that suggested that Ford was considering sending work to Mexico in an effort to cut costs, the report says. "I will save my comments on Ford for when we open up negotiations,” Mr. Williams said. “But it is always concerning to me when any company invests outside the United States.” Reference Link
July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen in talks to sell stake in LeasePlan, Reuters says
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15:26 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:02 EDTFOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:24 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors down approximately 20% since Q1 report
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08:54 EDTFFord recalling 8,000 vehicles in North America for issue with parking brake
Ford said it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 8,000 vehicles in North America, including certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer, and certain 2015 Taurus and Flex, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles for an issue with the parking brake. In these vehicles, the parking brake might not engage fully, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 135 regarding brake systems. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Taurus vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; and certain Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 21, 2015. There are 7,165 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 799 in Canada and one in Mexico.
08:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:03 EDTANAutoNation reports Q2 New Vehicle sales $2.97B
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08:03 EDTANAutoNation reports Q2 domestic segment income $85M
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08:02 EDTANAutoNation reports Q2 EPS cont ops $1.00, consensus $1.02
Reports Q2 revenue $5.22B, consensus $5.25B
07:18 EDTF, HMC, TM, VLKAY, GM, NSANYAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
18:33 EDTTMToyota to delay building Lexus brand in China, Reuters reports
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14:44 EDTANAutoNation technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have been moving sideways in a narrow range since February of this year. The low of that range is at $61.50 and the high is at $66.50, with the notable exception of the single high point at the 52-week high at $67.50. On a long-term chart this sideways motion is not even noticeable, but is simply part of a long-running bullish price channel that began in mid-2012. On strongly bullish news, a breakout above the range high and 52-week high would be likely. That would put the shares into uncharted territory and open up a run to the $70 area. By extending the long-term price channel (10-year chart basis) the $70 area is its upper-bound. If the news is a bearish surprise, the first downside test of significance would be at $61.50, which is the 10-month moving average and the range low. This average has been a good proxy for an uptrend support line. Next support would then be at $60. A sustained move for more than a month at or below that level would break the long-term uptrend. Support below $60 would be at $57.48.
12:22 EDTTMFormer Toyota exec plans to make supplier more competitive, Bloomberg says
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11:05 EDTF, TMAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
09:40 EDTTM, HMC, F, VLKAY, GM, NSANYJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:07 EDTVLKAYBorgWarner provides R2S turbocharging technology to Volkswagen
BorgWarner (BWA) provides its two-stage, or R2S, turbocharging technology for Volkswagen's (VLKAY) new high-performance diesel engine. Engineered to comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the most powerful diesel engine in its class.
06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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July 20, 2015
14:33 EDTTMGoPro, Toyota partner to put camera mount in Tacoma, Wired says
GoPro (GPRO) and Toyota (TM) are partnering to place a a GoPro camera mount on the roofline of every new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a first for a carmaker, says Wired. Toyota will not supply the camera, added Wired. Shares of GoPro are up 6.5% while Toyota is up fractionally. Reference Link
12:16 EDTGM, HMC, NSANY, VLKAY, F, TMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
09:07 EDTHMCHonda Aircraft expands HondaJet sales to South America
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