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Why is a car manufacturer getting a highly absurd valuation?

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) dethroned Toyota (TM) as the most valuable car company in the world this past week. Shares of the Palo Alto, California-based carmaker have almost doubled so far this year despite the ongoing pandemic, while its peers stumbled and had to cut their dividends to preserve cash flow. Is it still justifiable to value Tesla as a car manufacturer at this point?

On Thursday, Tesla registered a market capitalization of $224 billion, while Japan's Toyota ended up with $204 billion. On the other hand, Detroit-based auto manufacturers Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) together were valued at $60

173 Views    Mark Yu    2020-07-03 19:03
An aggressive transition to EVs will be supported by GM's existing profitable lineup

General Motors Corp. (GM) is betting big on electric vehicles. The Detroit-based automaker plans to spend $20 billion over five years to electrify much of its product lineup. However, whether that investment will result in a new generation of profitable EVs is not yet clear.

Making EVs for a profit

GM’s roadmap to full electrification calls for a relatively slow and steady start. This makes sense in light of the fact that the company currently produces just one EV model for the U.S. market, the Chevrolet Bolt. Next year will see just two more additions

169 Views    John Engle    2020-06-26 16:20
GM is spending $20 billion to jump-start its electric vehicle lineup

Even before the financial crisis struck in 2008, General Motors Co. (GM) was in dire straits. Faced with a punishing recession, the debt-laden, money-losing automotive juggernaut had no alternative but to seek bankruptcy protection and a government bailout.

More than a decade later, with recession once again biting into the American economy, GM is looking much better. Rather than fighting for survival, the venerable Detroit automaker is gearing up for an ambitious strategic pivot. Specifically, the company is going all-in on electric vehicles, a bet that carries considerable risk but also massive opportunity.

Betting on the

661 Views    John Engle    2020-06-25 18:34
Used car retailer reports 1st-quarter results

Shares of used car retailer CarMax Inc. (KMX) tumbled over 4% after posting first-quarter 2021 financial results before the opening bell on Friday.

Like many other dealerships and automakers, the Richmond, Virginia-based company has felt the effects of the coronavirus lockdown as it closed or reduced operations at roughly half its more than 200 stores. It also furloughed 15,500 employees, stopped store expansions, reduced inventory levels and halted its share repurchase program. The company also noted that more than 80% of the days in the quarter, which ended May 31, were negatively impacted by the “mix of store closures and

327 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-06-19 16:04
There are remarkable similarities between the two upstart auto disruptors

Trevor Milton, founder and executive chairman of Nikola Corp. (NKLA), became the world’s newest billionaire this month as the company made its public market debut.

Under Milton’s leadership, Nikola has risen from startup obscurity in cell-powered vehicles to become a multi-billion-dollar enterprise on the verge of launching its first line of hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks.

Nikola’s blowout IPO has thrown Milton into the spotlight, revealing some of his personality, character and leadership style. Intriguingly, Milton’s recent public statements, media interactions and investor communications display a remarkable similarity to those of another automotive entrepreneur: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc.

293 Views    John Engle    2020-06-19 14:03
S&P 500 gains 2.62%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 27,110.98 on Friday with a gain of 829.16 points or 3.15%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,193.93 for a gain of 81.58 points or 2.62%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 9,814.08 for a gain of 198.27 points or 2.06%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 24.18 for a loss of 1.63 points or -6.32%.

Friday’s market movers

U.S. indexes jumped on Friday after a much better-than-expected May jobs report. The labor market added 2.509 million jobs, beating the estimate of -8.870 million. The unemployment rate decreased to 13.3% from 14.7% and beat

65 Views    Julie Young    2020-06-05 21:09
S&P 500 down 0.34%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,281.82 on Thursday with a gain of 11.93 points or 0.05%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,112.35 for a loss of 10.52 points or -0.34%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 9,615.81 for a loss of 67.10 points or -0.69%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 25.51 for a loss of 0.15 points or -0.58%.

Thursday’s market movers

U.S. indexes ended mostly lower Thursday after a four-day rally. Applications for jobless claims decreased from the previous week, but still remained extremely high at 1.877 million. The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits also

135 Views    Julie Young    2020-06-04 21:50
Aaron's could benefit from the pandemic

Unfortunately, as we collectively face challenging times during this pandemic, certain business models thrive and benefit in this kind of environment. One of the main beneficiaries of the coronavirus crisis, in my opinion, would have to be Aaron's Inc. (AAN).

Aaron's offers lease-purchase solutions primarily to an undeserved, credit-challenged segment of the population who tend to have a FICO score between 500-700. A lease-purchase solution is a written agreement between a seller and buyer giving the buyer an option to purchase the property when they have made lease payments until the full price is paid up.

Consumers with lease-purchase solutions

121 Views    Micah Gerelnyam    2020-05-27 14:23
Earnings and revenue surpassed projections, but are down year-over-year

AutoNation (AN) released its first-quarter results on May 11 before the market opened. The automotive retailer surpassed quarterly earnings and revenue projections.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company recorded earnings of $0.91 per share, down from $1.04 in the year-ago period. Analysts had forecasted earnings of $0.70 per share. Revenue declined 6% to $4.67 billion, which was also above analysts’ projections.

Segment performance

The company’s Domestic segment, which sells cars produced by General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Chrysler (FCAU), posted income of $54 million in the first quarter, which reflected a decline of 4% on a year-over-year basis.

The Import

55 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-05-11 15:15
Earnings and revenue fail to meet projections

Ford Motor Co. (F) released its first-quarter results on April 28 after the market closed. Earnings and revenue could not live up to analysts' expectations.as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the company’s operations.

Overview of the quarter

The Michigan-based automaker recorded an adjusted loss per share of 23 cents. Automotive revenue of $31.34 billion was down from the prior-year quarter. Analysts had predicted a net loss of 10 cents per share on $32.7 billion in revenue.

Ford’s pickup trucks showed resilience amid the pandemic as sales were down a mere 5.4% in the reported quarter compared with a

153 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-04-29 18:44
S&P 500 gains 12.1% for the week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 23,719.37 on Thursday with a gain of 285.80 points or 1.22%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,789.82 for a gain of 39.84 points or 1.45%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 8,153.58 for a gain of 62.67 points or points or 0.77%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 41.55 for a loss of 1.80 points or 4.15%.

For the week, the Dow Jones gained 12.7%, the S&P 500 gained 12.1% and the Nasdaq gained 10.6%. For the year, the Dow Jones has a loss of 16.89%, the S&P 500 is down 13.65% and

304 Views    Julie Young    2020-04-09 21:09
While F-Series sales declined, Lincoln sales increased

Ford Motor Co. (F) released its first-quarter sales report on April 2.

Quarterly sales declined year over year as the coronavirus brought production and sales activities to a near-halt. The carmaker's results were also weighed down by poor demand for trucks, SUVs and passenger cars.

Overview of the quarter

The Michigan-based automaker sold a total of 516,330 units in the first quarter, down 12.5% from the same period last year.

Sales were down 5.4% for trucks, 11% for SUVs and 36% for passenger cars. Passenger car sales were adversely affected as the company plans to shift its focus from sedans

103 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-04-03 18:59
Even bullish analysts have slashed their estimates, yet the electric vehicle-maker still won't revise its guidance

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) entered 2020 on a high note. The electric vehicle (EV) company enjoyed a surging share price amid increasing investor enthusiasm and growing public confidence in its future success. In February, the stock briefly reached $968.99, its all-time high.

Unfortunately, the fun was not to last for the EV automaker. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) compelled many manufacturers to shutter production. The “Big Three” automakers – Ford (F), General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) – announced they were closing their

340 Views    John Engle    2020-03-31 17:54
The venerable American automaker has plenty of cash on hand, as well as access to capital, to see it through to the other side

For cyclical industries such as auto manufacturing, economic shocks can be extremely painful, or even fatal. That proved to be the case for General Motors Co. (GM) during the 2008 financial crisis. The automaker was forced to take a government lifeline and its equity was virtually wiped out in the restructuring.

Not all automakers need share such an ignominious fate, however, as Ford Motor Co. (F) showed. The venerable automaker survived the Great Recession and went on to grow and thrive during the long bull market that followed. Today, the company faces

367 Views    John Engle    2020-03-30 21:35
Ford suspends dividend payments as coronavirus outbreak cripples plant operations

In light of Ford Motor Co. (F) suspending its dividend to strengthen its cash position amid the coronavirus outbreak, five dividend growth stocks broadly owned by hedge fund gurus are Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS), MSC International Direct Co. Inc. (MSM), W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW), Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (LECO) and Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO).

The Dividend Growth Portfolio, one of our Premium screens within the All-in-One Screener, seeks high-quality companies that have grown dividends over the past five years. The above stocks have at least two hedge fund gurus owning shares as of the December 2019 filing.

618 Views    James Li    2020-03-19 21:51
A look back at what the value investor was doing in 2008

If you've not heard of Walter Schloss, I highly recommend seeking out any material you can find on this legendary value investor.

Walter Schloss was, in many ways, one of the last real deep value investors. As many deep value investors gave up on buying cheap stocks, Schloss persevered.

It is said that when Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) decided to close his investment partnerships in the late 1960s, Schloss was the first person he called to sell off many of his deep value holdings - the ones he could not find a buyer for in the market.

127 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-03-17 16:47
Markets are hit with coronavirus fears, but businesses with these characteristics will be quicker to rebound

As February draws to a close, U.S. markets continue their downslide as fears of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) abound. In midday trading as of Feb. 28, the S&P 500 is down 13.09% from the previous week, marking the fastest correction since the financial crisis in 2008.

While stock prices inevitably take a hit during market corrections and recessions, their underlying companies may not all suffer as much as the general investing public fears. For example, people may buy fewer luxury goods in financially lean times, but few (if any) are going to stop buying essentials like food, toothpaste and toilet

1737 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-02-28 22:27
Insiders load up on Salesforce.com, Ford, Catalent and PPD

The largest insider buys this week were for Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM), Ford Motor Co. (F), Catalent Inc. (CTLT) and PPD Inc. (PPD).

Salesforce director bought 1,100 shares

Director Susan Wojcicki bought 1,100 shares on Feb. 12 for an average price of $189.36. The stock has gained 0.31% since then.

Salesforce is an American cloud computing company. Although most of its revenue comes from a customer relationship management product, the company also capitalizes on commercial applications of social networking through acquisition. The company has a market capitalization of $168.49 billion; as of Feb. 14, it traded at $189.95.

On Dec. 12,

92 Views    Shuda Xia    2020-02-16 21:07
The history of US automaking is littered with examples of failed businesses

I recently came across a section of the 1999 annual Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) shareholder meeting during which Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) were asked about the then-rapidly growing telecommunications sector.

The two gurus were asked whether they had looked at this sector and whether they thought that it would be a good place to deploy capital. Buffett has historically been reticent to buy companies in industries that he does not understand, which tends to include new, rapidly growing sectors like technology:

“I think for people that understand it

289 Views    Stepan Lavrouk    2020-01-20 21:47
While passenger car and SUV sales declined, truck sales increased

Ford Motor Co. (F) released its fourth-quarter U.S. sales on Jan. 6.

Quarterly results dropped year over year. Though truck sales were strong during the quarter, the company’s results were weighed down by poor demand for passenger cars and SUVs.

For full fiscal 2019, Ford’s sales were down 3% as compared with the prior year to 2,422,698 units.

Overview of the quarter

The Michigan-based automaker sold a total of 601,862 units in the fourth quarter, which reflected a decline of 1.3% from the prior-year period.

Passenger car sales tumbled 41% to 63,400 units and SUV sales fell 4.1% to 208,387

114 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-01-07 19:15

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