Auto Manufacturers – Major

(TM) Is It Too Early to Invest Down Under?

I’m currently aboard the luxury ship Crystal Symphony in the midst of The Oxford Club’s Chairman’s Circle Wealth Cruise from Sydney to Bali. (Hazardous duty, yes, but someone has to do it.) And while we are spending much of our time eating, drinking, gabbing and touring about, we are...

11Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (TM) Is It Too Early to Invest Down Under? | Continued

(GM) Can Taxpayers Finally Gain from Auto Bailout?

When it comes to the auto bailout, should repayment be the only matter of concern or the loss expected to be borne by the taxpayers? Will it finally replicate the success of bank bailout?

The government did not bother about the repayment really, as saving the jobs was much greater an issue...

7Oct2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) Can Taxpayers Finally Gain from Auto Bailout? | Continued

(F) Ford Motor’s Fusion Energi Gets Top Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has avowed the five-star Overall Vehicle Score on Ford Motor Co.’s (F) 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. This highest safety rating of the U.S. Government is awarded by the New Car...

10Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor’s Fusion Energi Gets Top Safety Rating | Continued

(TM) Tesla Motors to Repay Department of Energy Loan via Stock Offering

Good news from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) again! The electric car maker plans to raise as much as $830 million through a stock and debt offering that will not only be utilized to repay $465 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans...

14Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (TM) Tesla Motors to Repay Department of Energy Loan via Stock Offering | Continued

(GM) The Bernanke Rally Continues – Ahead of Wall Street

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The stock market today will likely see a partial reversal of Wednesday’s sell-off, with the interest rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB) as a key contributor to the swing. But even more significant than the long-expected ECB decision...

14May2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) The Bernanke Rally Continues – Ahead of Wall Street | Continued

(F) China Auto Sales Rise 13% in April

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), total vehicle sales rose 13.4% to 1.8 million units in Apr compared with 13.2% to 5.4 million units in the first quarter of the year and 4.3% to 19.3 million vehicles in 2012.

Passenger vehicle (cars, multipurpose and sport-...

12May2013 | | Comments Off on (F) China Auto Sales Rise 13% in April | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Raises Stake in Chinese Joint Venture

Ford Motor Co. (F) announced that has raised its stake in Chinese light commercial vehicles joint venture, Jiangling Motors Corp., to 31.5% from 30.0%. The Detroit-based automaker purchased 13.0 million Hong Kong dollar-denominated B-shares...

6May2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Raises Stake in Chinese Joint Venture | Continued

(GM) General Motors and Ford Motor to Develop Transmissions

General Motors Company (GM) and its arch rival Ford Motor Co. (F) have joined hands in developing nine- and ten-speed automatic transmissions in order to save development...

27Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) General Motors and Ford Motor to Develop Transmissions | Continued

(F) China Auto Sales Slow Down

Passenger vehicle sales in China slowed down in March compared to the first two months of the year, mainly due to the stricter regulation imposed by the government on vehicle ownership aimed at controlling increasing pollution and traffic congestion in the country. According to the China Association...

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(TM) Will Falling Yen Cut U.S. Automakers?

Japan seems to have joined the bandwagon. Last week, Bank of Japan (BOJ) announced a major quantitative easing (QE) program in an effort to revive the economy out of deflationary pressure that lasted more than a decade. The credit goes to Shinzo Abe – the new prime minister of Japan – and certainly...

18Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (TM) Will Falling Yen Cut U.S. Automakers? | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Sees Lower Margins in North America

Ford Motor Co. (F) revealed that its operating margins from North American operations will come down to 10.0% in 2013 from 10.4% last year as it expects the lion’s share of sales to generate from less-profitable small cars rather than...

18Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Sees Lower Margins in North America | Continued

(GM) General Motors Invests in Engines and Transmissions

General Motors (GM) announced plans to invest $332 million in four plants in three Great Lakes states in order to gain competitive advantage in terms of fuel-efficient engines and transmission systems technologies.

The plants...

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(F) Ford Motor Stays Neutral

On Mar 18, we maintained our Neutral recommendation on Ford Motor Co. (F) based on its better performance in the fourth quarter of 2012, despite its higher structural costs and the economic weakness around the world, particularly in...

5Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Stays Neutral | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Launches Car Sharing Platform

Ford Motor Co. (F) has announced that it has collaborated with the German Ford dealers association FHD GmbH and DB Rent GmbH (the company associated with Flinkster car sharing) for launching FORD2GO. FORD2GO is the first automotive manufacturer-backed,...

18Mar2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Launches Car Sharing Platform | Continued

(GM) General Motors Opens IT Center in Phoenix

General Motors Company ( GM) plans to open a new information technology (“IT”) innovation center in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler in order to support all its information technology needs, including Web...

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(GM) Auto Industry Stock Outlook – February 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

The auto industry is highly concentrated. The top 10 global automakers account for roughly 80% of the worldwide production and nearly 90% of total vehicles sold in the U.S.

In January 2013, General Motors Company (GM) led with...

14Feb2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) Auto Industry Stock Outlook – February 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Company Earnings Preview

We expect the world’s leading automaker Ford Motor Co. (F) to beat expectations when it reports 2012-fourth quarter results before the opening bell on Jan 29.

Why a Likely Positive Surprise?

Our proven...

28Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Company Earnings Preview | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Unveils Atlas Future Pickup Truck Concept

Ford Motor Co. (F) introduced the Ford Atlas Concept, which will be the future version of pickup trucks. Ford Atlas features next-generation turbocharged engine EcoBoost with innovative design and advanced engineering. With this, the...

23Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Unveils Atlas Future Pickup Truck Concept | Continued

(GM) China Auto Sales Lag Guidance

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), vehicle sales in China grew 4.3% to 19.3 million units in 2012, including a 7.1% gain in December to 1.8 million units. Despite being higher than the 2011-level of 2.5%, sales growth is lower than the 8% growth projected by CAAM...

16Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) China Auto Sales Lag Guidance | Continued

(GM) General Motors to Invest in Technology Center

General Motors Company (GM) announced that it will invest around $18.5 million for a new technology center in the Roswell building, located in Fulton County, GA, U.S. The technology center is expected to create employment opportunity...

15Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (GM) General Motors to Invest in Technology Center | Continued

(F) Ford Motor Neutral Rating on Shares Maintained by Analyst

On January 6, we maintained our Neutral recommendation on Ford Motor Co. (F), despite its higher structural costs and economic weakness around the world, based on its improved third quarter earnings and growth opportunities from its...

15Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor Neutral Rating on Shares Maintained by Analyst | Continued

(GM) General Motors Recalls Vehicles to Fix Hood Latches

General Motors Company (GM) decided to recall 145,628 units of mid-sized pickup trucks across its global markets because their hoods can open unexpectedly and obstruct the driver’s view, increasing the risk of a crash.

The...

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(F) Ford Motor to Sell 2.2 Million Cars in 2012

Ford Motor Co. (F) anticipates nearly a 7% rise in its main brand sales to 2.20 million units this year from 2.06 million units in 2011. The company expects to achieve the sales growth with the help of its popular Ford Focus compact...

2Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (F) Ford Motor to Sell 2.2 Million Cars in 2012 | Continued

(GM) General Motors Idles Kansas Plant

General Motors Company (GM) idled the Fairfax, Kansas plant on December 3 in order to control oversupply of Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan manufactured at the plant. On December 1, the automaker had a 164-day supply of Malibu, which...

23Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (GM) General Motors Idles Kansas Plant | Continued

(GM) General Motors Focuses on Indonesia and Thailand

General Motors Company (GM) plans to expand its dealerships in Indonesia and Thailand in order to tap growth opportunities in the two markets with rising income levels. The company’s head of Southeast...

7Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (GM) General Motors Focuses on Indonesia and Thailand | Continued

(GM) Steel Industry Stock Outlook – November 2012 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

Steel industry in today’s world can well be termed as the backbone of the economy, given its varied usage, be it in construction, transport, electrical appliances, food packaging, etc. In terms of its composition, steel is an alloy of iron and carbon containing less than 2% carbon and 1% manganese...

30Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (GM) Steel Industry Stock Outlook – November 2012 – Zacks Analyst Interviews | Continued

(F) Stock Market News for November 15, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks took a battering on Wednesday after President Barack Obama stood firm on increasing tax rates for rich Americans and violence broke out in the Middle East. Moreover, investors’ apprehensions about the fiscal cliff pushed The Dow Jones to its lowest level since June. Meanwhile, U.S. retail...

15Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (F) Stock Market News for November 15, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(GM) Auto Industry Outlook and Review – October 2012 – Industry Outlook

The automotive industry is highly concentrated, with the top-10 global automakers accounting for roughly 80% of worldwide production and nearly 90% of total vehicles sold in the U.S.

In the first nine months of 2012, General Motors Company (GM)...

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(TM) China Auto Sales Weaken

Auto sales in China have weakened driven by a territorial dispute, sluggish economy and stringent government policy on vehicle registration. According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), sales of passenger vehicles fell 1.8% year over year to 1.62 million units in the country...

14Oct2012 | | Comments Off on (TM) China Auto Sales Weaken | Continued

(TM) U.S. Auto Sales Best Since March 2008

In September, U.S. auto sales reached its highest monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 14.9 million vehicles since March 2008, four months after the global economic recession set in. On a SAAR basis, sales went up 13.7% from 13.1 million vehicles in September last year while total sales...

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