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January 10, 2014
07:50 EDTGM, VLKAYVolkswagen sales in China top GM In 2013, WSJ reports
For the first time in a decade, last year Volkswagen (VLKAY) took back the title as the top foreign auto maker in China, passing GM (GM) as the German auto maker rode a preference for luxury cars, reports the Wall Street Journal. Volkswagen sales in the world's largest auto market were over 3.19M units for the year, the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported. Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
10:07 EDTGMGM invests $300M to upgrade plant for new Cadillac sedan, Reuters reports
GM has invested $300M to upgrade and automate its Detroit-Hamtramck plant ahead of the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, reports Reuters. The investment includes the construction of a new body shop equipped with 205 robots and designed to use advanced manufacturing techniques as aluminum laser welding. Reference Link
07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGM, VLKAYLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
January 20, 2015
12:51 EDTVLKAYToyota sees 2015 global sales dropping to about 10.15M units, Nikkei says
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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January 16, 2015
06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
06:30 EDTGMGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGMAlly Financial shares overreacted to GM news, says Citigroup
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January 14, 2015
15:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports 2014 deliveries up 2% to 9.92M vehicles
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09:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors says pricing 'quite aggresively' to offset forex in Russia
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09:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says 'confident' in ability to raise dividends in future
General Motors' Stevens says "mindful" of potential need to use significant cash in 2015 on legal matters and that its planning keeps that potential in mind. General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens is speaking at the Deutsche Bank Auto Industry Conference.
09:16 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to increase CapEx to $9B in 2015
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08:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets
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08:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees adjusted EBIT and EBIT-adjusted margin to increase in 2015
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07:34 EDTGMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
2015 Global Auto Industry Conference is being held in Detroit on January 13-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 14 at 7:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
January 13, 2015
13:56 EDTGMGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
07:25 EDTVLKAY, GMNew NHTSA head says 2015 may see more recalls than record-setting 2014, WSJ says
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