Automobiles

  • New U.S. Vehicle Fuel Standards Off Target

    By Tony Daltorio - September 6, 2012 | Tickers: FIATY.PK, F, GM, TM, VLKAY

    The Obama Administration has announced that it is adopting new rules concerning vehicles' fuel efficiency. The Administration will demand a near doubling of the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency Standards (CAFE) by 2025. Automakers will have to improve the overall fuel efficiency of their fleet from 27.5 miles per gallon to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, saving the United States a supposed 2 million barrels of imported oil more »

  • Hot Wheels or Lemons?

    By Robert Zimmerman - August 30, 2012 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, F, GM, VLKAY

    Americans love their cars.  Given the lingering effects of the Great Recession and fresh memories of the General Motors (NYSE: GM) bailout, does it make sense to invest in automobile manufacturers today?  If so, which company is worth the investment risk?  According to R.L. Polk marketing research, Americans are holding on to their cars longer rather than buy a new one.  Reasons vary; some say the high unemployment rate more »

  • Can Ford Triple from This Price?

    By Anmol Singh - August 30, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM

    In this article i wish to bring to your attention Ford , which i beleive to be a very undervalued stock which can double or even triple from its current price

  • Get Revved Up about this Undervalued Automaker

    By Liz Hoffmann - August 13, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM

    Say "Ford Motor Company" out loud and you'll get a variety of responses.  Car enthusiasts may gush about the 1908 Model T, the iconic Ford Thunderbird, and the '66 Mustang.  Engineers may mention Henry Ford as a pioneer of the assembly-line technique and vertical integration approach.  Or a historian may point out that Ford was one of the few companies to survive the Great Depression, and not participate in more »

  • Europe Threatens US Automakers Recovery

    By Tony Daltorio - August 3, 2012 | Tickers: FIATY.PK, F, GM, PEUGY.PK

    One of the biggest economic stories in recent years, which has also become part of the current Presidential campaign, has been the recovery of the U.S. automakers from the brink of failure during the 2008-09 financial crisis. But now another crisis, this time in Europe, threatens to cut short the automakers' rebound into financial health. 

    The car companies' rebound can perhaps be best seen in the latest results from more »

  • Driving on Cheap Credit from QE

    By Callum Turcan - August 2, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM

    The Fed

    The FOMC held a meeting this week from July 31 to August 1. During this time they talked about Europe's problems, slowing foreign growth, and a lackluster US economy. They also talked about quantitative easing, or QE as it is known, but didn't say they were going to do any more easing at this time. On September 12-13 there will be another FOMC meeting and thus more »

  • What Do Ford’s Earnings Mean for You?

    By Matthew DiLallo - August 1, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM

    Ford (NYSE: F) reported second quarter net income of a billion dollars or $0.26 a share and pre-tax operating profit of $1.8 billion or $0.30 a share.  This was slightly ahead of expectations, but the stock has continued to drift lower, now around $9 a share.  This begs the question, what do Ford's earnings mean for you?

    First, a little refresher.  In the week leading up more »

  • Electric Cars Looking for a Spark

    By Tony Daltorio - July 27, 2012 | Tickers: FIATY.PK, F, GM, NSANY.PK, TM | Editor's Choice

    The idea of electric cars has been around for more than a century. In fact, an electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until 1900. Henry Ford bought his wife two electric vehicles in the early 1900s. But the costs and the technology have never been just right in order to produce electric vehicles for the mass market. 

    That was all supposed to change with the introduction of the more »

  • Can BorgWarner Turbo Boost your Portfolio?

    By James Fantaci - July 17, 2012 | Tickers: BWA, F, GM

    With the structural issues in the Eurozone economy and the threat of an overall global slowdown, many cyclical companies have retreated significantly in anticipation of what seems like perennial concerns about global recession 2.0.  Signs of a slowdown especially in Europe are real and have merit, so why invest in BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA)

    BorgWarner may fall within the category of a cyclical company as they are directly tied in more »

  • Why I'm Buying this Iconic American Brand

    By Matthew DiLallo - July 7, 2012 | Tickers: ALV, F, GM, GNTX, TM

    In today’s trade for the “No Drip, No Mess” Portfolio we’re going to use a very strategic approach to acquire shares of an iconic American brand.  We’ll use a combination of options and direct ownership as a way to smooth out the volatility as we begin to back out of the driveway and invest in Ford Motors (NYSE: F). While there is a lot to like about more »

  • A Gift for Dad this Father’s Day – Buy Ford NOW!

    By Tim Brugger - June 1, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM, VLKAY

    For the momentum investor this will sound absurdly optimistic, but coming off the worst month for the markets since the Nixon administration (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration) – and then the recent disappointing economic numbers – investors should be absolutely ecstatic. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

    Case in point – the economy added 69,000 jobs last month – well below expectations, and the nation’s unemployment more »

  • Europe and China Got You Down? Ford Will Ease Your Pain

    By Tim Brugger - May 23, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM

    Based on investor feedback and the sell off these past couple of weeks, it’s safe to say most everyone is disappointed. The domestic markets have essentially brushed aside a slew of positive economic data here at home to - once again - focus on China, Greece and Europe in general. ‘Tis a shame really - even the U.S. housing market is beginning a slow but steady turnaround, and that’s on more »

  • US Auto Sales Have Room to Run

    By Peter Horn - May 14, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    US Auto sales are rolling along, with sales reaching levels we haven’t seen since before the fiscal crisis.  Through Q1, light vehicle sales are up 10.3% versus a year ago, with 9 of the top 10 makers showing sales gains.  The US Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) reached 14.7 million units in April, falling slightly from the recent high of 15.4 million more »

  • The Week That Was: Ford, GM, Honda, Chesapeake Energy and Wal-Mart

    By Tim Brugger - April 30, 2012 | Tickers: CHK, F, GM, HMC, WMT

    Even as investors rummage through the earnings data from last week – let alone a couple of less-than-flattering stories about corporate snafus – others are bracing themselves for a week of economic data that is sure to impact the markets and keep folks buzzing.

    On tap in the next several days are a slew of key reports, ending with Friday’s employment results that’ll put a capper on what is sure more »

  • Decisions, Decisions: Ford, Honda or GM

    By Tim Brugger - April 27, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC | Editor's Choice

    Let’s assume for a moment you – like many – feel pretty good about the prospects for automakers for the balance of this year, and even into next. And why not, there’s a lot to like. Setting Europe in general and Spain in particular aside for a moment, most domestic indicators point to a great year for car sales. Consumer confidence is improving right along with spending, the employment situation more »

  • Ford: Investment Grade Once Again

    By Tony Daltorio - April 26, 2012 | Tickers: FIATY.PK, F, GM

    Vehicle sales at US automaker Ford (NYSE: F) in March rose a healthy 5 percent to the strongest level in five years as it seems consumers like Ford's improved line of more fuel efficient cars and trucks. Strong sales so far this year have led to expectations in the market for Ford's revenues in the first quarter to climb from $31.1 billion in the year-ago period to more »

  • Spring Fever for U.S. Automakers

    By Michael Mistaleski - April 10, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    With domestic auto sale totals in this week for the month of March here are first quarter results. Leading the percentage increase for the 1st quarter of 2012 Chrysler Group LLC with a 39% increase over the same quarter last year selling 398,051 vehicles. Toyota (NYSE: TM) saw an increase of 12.3% and remained in 3rd place for overall U.S. Market share. Ford (NYSE: Fmore »)

  • The Week that Was: Groupon, Ford, GM and Target

    By Tim Brugger - April 9, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, GRPN, TGT

    The reaction to the job numbers announced on Friday has continued the market’s recent slump. But before investors become too concerned, it's worth noting that the price movements we’ve seen the last few trading days in particular is to be expected. Recoveries take time to gain traction – which of course is necessary for a sustained return to a growing market. Not there yet of course, but many more »

  • Chrysler Sales Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    By Tim Brugger - April 4, 2012 | Tickers: FIATY.PK, F, GM, VLKAY

    If you’re an automaker investor or are simply keeping an eye on the industry for opportunities, Chrysler’s March sales figures announcement must have been awfully sweet. With an across the board 34% increase in sales for the month it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed. The only downside – if you can call it that – is being a division of Fiat (NASDAQOTH: FIATY.PK) investors aren’t able more »

  • Not Your Father's Automobile

    By Tony Daltorio - March 21, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, MSFT

    The automobile industry has certainly come a long ways from the days of Henry Ford and the Model T. The rise of technology has changed the way people look at their cars. Many consumers today are more focused on the “comfort” of their vehicles, especially the infotainment features, than on the mechanics of their cars.

    Software powerhouse Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which works with the world's largest automakers, says that more »