Wed, Jan. 28, 9:26 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) plans to recall 221K vehicles in separate actions tied to interior door handles and seat beat fasteners.
- A recall of 205K vehicles for door handles involves 2010-2013 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Ford police interceptor cars sold largely in North America.
- A second recall of 16.1K 2014 Ford Transit Connect cars covers a seat belt issue.
- Share of Ford are unchanged in premarket action.
Tue, Jan. 27, 9:33 AM
- U.S. sales for Ford (NYSE:F) are expected to increase 12.1% to 172K in January, according to an estimate from Kelley Blue Book.
- Ford market share -10 bps to 15.1%. (estimated)
- The automaker's delicate balance of F-150 sales and deliveries will be watched closely.
- U.S. new-vehicles sales are projected to increase 12.9% Y/Y to 1.14M units vs. the polar vortex month of a year ago.
Sat, Jan. 24, 8:25 AM
- In a low-yield world, the newly launched iBillionaire High Dividend Index - which tracks the trading moves of 25 investing-savvy billionaire investors such as Stanley Druckenmiller, James Dinan and Nelson Peltz - actually lives up to its name with a dividend yield of 5.34%.
- At 24%, the index has a high allocation of energy shares, including OXY, TRP, CNP, COP, BP, ATLS, CVI, WMB, APL, RIG and ARP.
- Also worth noting is that the index contains some high-yielding mortgage REITs, an area most investors hate right now but where billionaires seem to find value; examples are NRF, AGNC and CIM.
- No mutual fund or ETF tracks this index, but it offers a fishing pond of income investment ideas to research further.
- The top 20 holdings: TLM, CVC, GM, TIME, AEE, D, STAY, KMI, TROX, EXC, STNG, PPL, IRM, PFE, KKR, KAR, F, MIC, LO, ABBV.
Fri, Jan. 23, 9:21 AM
- TrueCar says truck buyers still rate fuel economy as a top buying priority even with gas prices significantly lower.
- As expected, the continued shift by buyers away from passenger cars and hybrid to trucks and utilities hasn't been altered by the new gas price environment.
- Fuel economy and towing capability were called extremely important by a strong majority of truck buyers.
- The TrueCar analysis is important to Ford (NYSE:F) with some debate in the industry on the impact on demand for the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 from lower gas prices.
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Tue, Jan. 20, 9:07 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) announces the official global roll-out of its iconic Mustang model.
- The U.S.-built Mustang will now be sold in over 100 markets with Asia a particular focus.
- Deliveries to Asia by the automaker from Michigan have just begun.
- The 6th-gen Mustang will be sold with right-hand drive in some regions.
- Mustang reviews: Edmunds.com, Car and Driver, New York Times.
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Thu, Jan. 15, 8:08 AM
- "It’s time to introduce a hydrogen era," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo as he announced a government initiative to build out a self-service hydrogen network of stations.
- The development comes only two days after Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk called hydrogen a "dumb" energy storage system.
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) is the pioneer in the FCV field and is building 1.5K Mirai vehicles for the Japanese government. Though taking a cautious approach to rolling out production, the world's top-selling automaker isn't ruling out selling hydrogen cars in all markets eventually.
- Review: Car and Driver's deep dive into the Toyota Mirai FCV.
- Related: Toyota opens up 5680 patents on fuel-cell technology to other automakers.
- What to watch: Abe has endorsed larger fuel-cell subsidies than those offered for electric vehicles in China, Europe, and the U.S. Will more governments take a side in the hydrogen vs electric battle setting up in the automobile industry?
- Related stocks: F, GM, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, KNDI, HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:MMTOF
Tue, Jan. 13, 8:07 PM
- The launch of the 2015 F-150 is on schedule for Ford (NYSE:F), according to top execs at the Detroit Auto Show.
- The automaker says the aluminum-bodied truck is selling in an average of five days after hitting dealership floors and lots.
- Ford's sales in the U.S. have lagged peers over the last few months as it prepped for the huge F-150 roll-out.
- Previously: Highlights from the Detroit Auto Show (Jan. 12)
Mon, Jan. 12, 1:48 PM
- Ford (NYSE:F): The big focus on the F-150 is far from unexpected, although a Truck of the Year award for the model provides a nice bit of timing. Other news from Ford includes a new GT super car, a look at the next-gen Ford AppLink platform, and a new carbon initiative.
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY): The automaker unveiled the Titan XD pickup truck at the show. The truck features 8-cylinders in a 6-cylinder segment. A dose of reality from Nissan as well. CEO Carlos Ghosn says 2015 could be a difficult year in the U.S. for the industry due to the high level of competition.
- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Elon Musk will be in the house tomorrow. The automaker is highlighting its dual motor, autopilot technology, and Supercharger network at its display booth.
- General Motors: News from GM is largely focused on the new electric Bolt. Execs also reiterated the commitment to the Cadillac brand. $12B will go to develop 8 new models by 2020.
- Toyota (NYSE:TM): Close attention will be paid to the reception for the Japanese automaker's redesign of the Tacoma. The automaker faces new challengers in the small pickup segment.
- Daimler(OTCPK:DDAIF): CEO Dieter Zetsche sees 4% growth the global market in 2015 - a mark above what most industry analysts forecast. The exec thinks Mercedes-Benz will have a big year in China.
- Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY): A big win for the German automaker when the Golf was named the Car of the Year by NAIS. Execs call the achievement a starting point to get back on track in the U.S.
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Thu, Jan. 8, 7:52 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) reports sales in China rose 19% to 1.114M vehicles in 2014.
- The automaker sold 107K vehicles in the region during December to mark a return to double-digit growth after October and November were slow.
- JV partner Changan Ford saw passenger car sales rise 18% during the year, while sales of commercial vehicles from Jiangling Motors were up 20%.
Wed, Jan. 7, 8:02 PM
- Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. rose 23% to 119.7K in 2014, according to a summary from InsideEVs.com.
- December was the peak month of the year with EV sales of 12,784 units.
- 2014 EV sales by model (estimated): Nissan Leaf 30.2K, Chevrolet Volt 18.8K, Tesla Model S 17.3K, Toyota Prius 13.2K, Ford Fusion Energi 11.55K, Ford C-Max Energi 8.4K, BMW i3 6.09K, Smart ED 2.59K, Ford Focus Electric 1.96K, Fiat 500e 1.79K, Cadillac ELR 1.31K, Toyota RAV4 1.18K.
- Plug-in entries from Porsche, Honda, Kia, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi all recorded sales of less than a thousand for the year.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:NSANY, GM, TSLA, TM, F, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, FCAU, OTC:HYMLF, OTCQX:VLKAY.
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