• Same Sales, More Profit: GM Hoping to Boost Margins

    By Will Chavey - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, F, GM, TM, VLKAY

    For a three-year period from 2010 to 2012, auto manufacturer General Motors (NYSE: GM) generated a staggering $438.1 billion in total revenue. During that same period, cross-town rival Ford (NYSE: F) managed only $399.5 billion, or almost 10% less than GM.

    And yet, on gross profit, Ford came out on top—and it wasn’t even close. Ford’s three-year profit totaled $69 billion, almost 50% more than more »

  • Dissecting WABCO's Returns

    By joshua kubiak - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, DDAIF.PK, WBC

    Shares of WABCO Holdings (NYSE: WBC) are up an impressive 21.97% YTD and now trade 64.7% above their 52-week low of $48.89 per share. A casual glance at the company's return on equity gives the impression that this move is justified, but what is really going on? Is management boosting returns by taking on more leverage or has the company been growing by becoming more efficient more »

  • Time to Buy a Mercedes?

    By George Jones - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, F, GE, GM

    Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK) has been sitting around for awhile. The company has been weighed down by Europe's woes, the going nowhere German economy and its typically higher priced vehicles. This year its shares have been moving up. Can it drive further and faster?

    If you travel a lot, or just keep your eyes peeled here at home, you will notice that there is one automotive emblem visible on more »

  • Tesla Motors: 3 Bear Arguments That Should Hibernate

    By BA McKenna - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, NSANY.PK, TSLA, VLKAY | Editor's Choice

    While I agree there are some solid bear -- along with bull -- arguments for Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), these three common bear arguments should hibernate:

    1. The Model S is more expensive than other EVs (and hybrids)

    This argument goes like this: "The Model S is more expensive than its main competition, the Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY.PK) Leaf and GM's Chevy Volt." The writer then goes on to conclude that Tesla more »

  • It's Time to Buy America's "Big 3"

    By Will Chavey - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, FIATY.PK, F, GM

    Home to the Bad Boys, Smokey Robinson, and the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Redwings, Detroit will always be famous for one thing: cars. For years, the dominance of the “Big 3”—Ford (NYSE: F), General Motors (NYSE: GM), and Chrysler—helped power a Midwestern city with little else to its economic name.

    Of course, the 2008 crisis highlighted how much the times have changed, but an impressive recovery has put more »

  • Tesla Outsells Other Luxury Automakers

    By Eileen Rojas - June 15, 2013 | Tickers: BAMXF, DDAIF.PK, TSLA, VLKAY

    Electric car technology is catching on with consumers. CNN reported that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), known for its pricey electric car, the Model S, sold 4,750 units in the first quarter of 2013. Within the “large luxury car segment,” it sold more units in the first quarter than competitors with similarly priced models, such as Daimler's (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK) Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW (NASDAQOTH: BAMXF) 7-Series, and Volkswagen's more »

  • The Impact of Google's Car on Automakers

    By Eileen Rojas - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: VOLVY, DDAIF.PK, GM, GOOG

    There's no denying that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) likes to think big; CEO Larry Page predicted in a Forbes article that in the next five to ten years a driverless car will be ready for production. Whether this prediction becomes a reality remains to be seen, though it's hard to argue against it when checking out this video of a 95% blind man running errands in a Google test more »

  • Audi vs. Mercedes: Who is Winning?

    By Sarfaraz Khan - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, CARZ, EWG, VLKAY

    Two of the leading German car makers, Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK) and Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY), have reported massive drops in profits in their most recent earnings releases. Daimler is the world’s third biggest luxury car-marker and the owner of the iconic Mercedes brand of cars and trucks. Volkswagen, the parent of Audi and the maker of the Beetle, has been eying global expansion, particularly in China, as it more »

  • How High Can Tesla Fly? Part One: Luxury Automaker

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, TSLA, VLKAY

    After blowing past the all-important $40 per share mark, many investors are wondering what the future holds for Silicon Valley’s automaker, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). The announcement that drove Tesla shares was the beating of deliveries expectations with the number of Model S sedans delivered reaching 4,750 units versus the expected 4,500 units. This figure, combined with the announcement of profitability on both a GAAP and non-GAAP more »

  • How High Can Tesla Fly? Part One: Luxury Automaker

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, TSLA, VLKAY

    After blowing past the all important $40 per share mark, many investors are wondering what the future holds for Silicon Valley’s automaker, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). The announcement that drove Tesla shares was the beating of deliveries expectations with the number of Model S sedans delivered reaching 4,750 units versus the expected 4,500 units. This figure, combined with the announcement of profitability on both a GAAP and more »

  • Automakers Invest in Car-Sharing Industry

    By Eileen Rojas - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: CAR, DDAIF.PK, GM

    Car sharing is part of the growing peer-to-peer rental networks that rose shortly after the global financial crisis began between 2008 and 2010. And the internet has made the process of pairing owners and renters very easy. New ventures include Airbnb, which plays matchmaker to those who want to rent out a vacant room, and RelayRides, which let's you find individuals willing to rent out their cars for a more »

  • A Tesla Roadster By A Different Name

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 5, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, TSLA, TM

    The vehicle is a Lotus Elise with carbon fiber body panels, and electric battery pack, and an AC motor from AC Propulsion. The company producing it plans to have a limited production run of this electric car before moving on to mass market electric cars. Followers of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) may think I am describing their company but I am not. This is the description of the reborn Detroit more »

  • Tesla's Progress on Its Secret Master Plan

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, TSLA, TM

    Today, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) is at a make-or-break time as it ramps up production of its only currently in production car, the Model S. But leafing through Tesla’s history, investors will find Tesla has been living through constant make-or-break moments. For this company, its existence has been less of a series of make-or-break moments and more a general period of high pressure and uncertainty. However, as far back more »

  • Check Your Rear-View Mirrors, Mercedes and BMW

    By Michael Nolan - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: BAMXY, DDAIF.PK, VLKAY

    Volkswagen AG's (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY) Audi AG has accelerated from out of sight into the heart of the rear-view mirrors for the companies atop the luxury car market, and for BMW (NASDAQOTH: BAMXY) and Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK), the objects in their mirrors are definitely closer than they appear.

    Okay, I know, enough with the car puns. Still, Audi has crept up on the two leaders of the market, and more »

  • Can Mercedes Push Daimler’s Stock to New Heights?

    By Ashit Gulati - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: BAMXF, DDAIF.PK, VLKAY

    Daimler’s (NYSE:DAI) stock has witnessed a high level volatility in recent times, and after sinking as low as $45 during 2012, it has rallied its way back to $57 level. With a 30% gain already in the pocket and a positive outlook, the stock looks set for another sharp rally. The US market is highly attractive for the carmaker, and even though the macroeconomic conditions have been extremely more »

  • An Offer for Tesla?

    By Alexander MacLennan - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, TSLA, TM

    Followers of small biotechs will know the game pretty well. It goes company raises capital, company develops attractive drug, big pharma arrives with a buyout and the shareholders get a big payday. Of course many others fail along the way, but for those that do succeed a buyout if often the final goal.

    But what if you replaced the word "drug" with the word "technology"? Then investors begin the search more »

  • Tata Motors is Right on Track

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIY, DDAIF.PK, F, TTM

    Stocks in emerging markets have been the stuff of financial legends. They can either be a boon or a bane depending on who you talk to, and can either add a fortune to your income or drag down a portfolio that isn’t diversified enough. In the case of India’s largest manufacturer of automobiles, which is the case? Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) isn’t a company that has a more »

  • Crunching Tesla's Forward Multiple

    By Masam Abbas - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BWA, BYDDY.PK, DDAIF.PK, ENOC, FSLR, F, GELYY, GM, GNTX, HAR, SPWR, TSLA

    When a company's not making a profit, all the earnings multiples you could otherwise use to measure its performance become invalid. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) is one such case. But if it were making a profit, at what multiple would Tesla trade?

    Understanding Tesla’s nature

    In my previous post, I called Tesla "the Apple of auto industry." Just like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is considered unique in its sphere more »

  • A Tour of Countries: Germany

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, DLAKY.PK, DTEGY.PK

    We live in a global economy, and, as investors, we have a broad choice of investment options in international markets. Whether it be for diversifying away from a purely U.S. based portfolio or for following new growth opportunities, the world abounds with chances to profit.

    In this series entitled A Tour of Countries, I will provide one example in each country explored of a manufacturer, an airline, and a more »

  • Four Cheap Dividend Payers

    By Reuben Brewer - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: AXAHY.PK, CLF, DDAIF.PK, LXK

    I was working with some stock screens recently in a search for “cheap” dividend payers. I like to keep my searches simple, so I only included three criteria: a reasonable market cap, a share price “close” to book value, and a dividend yield at or above 4%. Four companies that stood out are Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF), Daimler AG (NASDAQOTC: DDAIF), AXA Group (NASDAQOTC: AXAHY), and Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK).

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