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  • Consumer

    Sizing up the competition: Is Tesla’s product unique?

    Tesla is significant in terms of technology and finance, with its $26 billion market capitalization. Let’s take a look at Tesla’s competition.

    By William Lowry, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Auto Production in Mexico Is Trending amid Trade Fears

    Mexico’s auto production rose 3.2% to 278.2 thousand vehicles in April 2017 as compared to April 2016 but decreased as compared to March 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • Consumer

    Why geography matters so much in the automotive industry

    The U.S. market is dominated by truck sales, with trucks outselling cars at 51% of market share versus cars accounting for 49% of the market.

    By William Lowry, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Malaysia’s Improved Retail Sales Support Economic Growth in 2017?

    Retail sales in Malaysia rose 13.9% YoY (year-over-year) in June 2017, compared with its 13.6% gain in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • Consumer

    Must-know opportunities and risks for the automobile industry

    Global automobile manufacturers each have their form of globalizing their manufacturing, prompted by changes in the market. For GM and TM, the benefits of these programs will be delayed.

    By William Lowry, CFA
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    Consumer

    ETFs Rise Due to Tesla Stock’s Santa Claus Rally

    Tesla (TSLA) stock continues to rally. The stock has risen 77% sequentially and 28% year-to-date. The stock might rally to new highs in 2020.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Top auto industry ETFs for investors

    The First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto ETF (CARZ) is the most traded auto-focused ETF. The three-year return for the ETF is 48.32%. YTD, CARZ provided a return of 2.23%.

    By Henry Kallstrom
  • Consumer

    Recommendation: Break down automobile sales by geography

    The strongest growth remains in Asia Pacific, North America, and Latin America. These are the areas where Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Volkwagen AG (VOW), and Toyota (TM) are investing.

    By William Lowry, CFA
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    Consumer

    Should Investors Buy Ford Stock Right Now?

    Ford Motor (F) is one of the few US publicly traded auto stocks with attractive returns this year. With a 17% year-to-date gain, the stock has outperformed most of its peers.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Consumer

    Ford Enhances Shareholders’ Wealth with Dividend Payout

    Continuing with the strategy of enhancing shareholders’ wealth, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2020.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford Boosts Investment in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles

    Ford is planning to invest over $1.45 billion in its two North American facilities in Michigan, with a focus on autonomous, electric, and big vehicles.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
  • Financials

    Why durable goods trends affect key wholesale trade releases

    The Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey gives you nationwide estimates of monthly sales, end-of-month inventories, and inventories-to-sales ratios by businesses for wholesale firms.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What makes the auto industry highly concentrated?

    The automobile industry is one of the most highly concentrated industries in the world. The market continues to be dominated by a few major companies.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Consumer

    Ford, Daimler, and BMW employ high financial leverage

    Ford (F) uses a high amount of financial leverage. Its debt-to-capital ratio is 81.1%. This is significantly above the industry average of 53.1%.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Consumer

    Intense competition leads to low profit margins for automakers

    The auto industry has lower margins primarily because of intense competition. It makes it difficult for companies to pass on increases in raw material prices to the customer.

    By Henry Kallstrom
  • Consumer

    A must-know investor’s guide to General Motors Company (GM)

    General Motors Company (GM) designs, builds, and sells automobiles worldwide. It’s the largest U.S.-based automobile manufacturer and the second largest automobile manufacturer globally.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    An incredible stock: What’s the big deal with Tesla?

    Tesla, to most readers, is a beautiful, fast car. To most investors, it’s been an incredible stock. Let’s take a deeper look at this company that’s gained so much attention.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Why should investors pay attention to Honda’s market share?

    Honda is global, with relative over-reliance on Japan and North America while being under-represented in the slow-growth market of Europe and higher-growth Asia.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    The only luxury battery vehicle: How large is Tesla’s market?

    Tesla is selling luxury and battery power. Logically, as Tesla’s market share increases, it’ll take share out of the luxury automobile market.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    A must-know investor’s guide to Honda Motor Company

    In this series, first, we’ll look at Honda’s strategy. Then, we’ll dig into the company’s revenue and earnings to see how Honda compares to other industry players.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    A must-know investor’s guide to Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) designs, builds, and sells automobiles worldwide. It’s the largest automobile manufacturer in the world based on units sold in 2013.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Why Tesla’s distribution model differs from competitors

    Tesla states in the annual filing that it wants to maintain ownership of distributions and repairs to differentiate itself from the market, keeping greater control over local sales and services.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Tesla’s financial statements show the company’s rapid growth

    The bottom line on the income statement is that Tesla remains a start-up or newer business that’s not generating earnings from its sales.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Why the global automobile industry matters for investors

    The global automobile industry is small relative to GDP, estimated to be in the mid-to-low single digits. It represents 3.5% of GDP, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

    By William Lowry, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will China’s Latest Attempt at Propping Up Its Economy Work?

    China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (or PBoC), announced on January 4, 2019, that it will cut the reserve requirement ratio (or RRR) of Chinese (FXI) banks.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Healthcare

    The Drawn Out US-China Trade War’s Impact on Businesses

    One often-cited reason for the current market volatility and the reason for expected pressure on companies’ earnings is trade uncertainty, especially between the United States (SPY) and China (FXI).

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Consumer

    What Investors Should Know as Trade War Muddies Economic Outlook

    Trade wars muddying US economic outlook Another factor impacting the US (SPY) growth outlook is the unfolding of the trade war between the US (SPY) (DIA) and China (FXI). The US has already imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports covering a total of $250 billion worth of imports, which have been met with […]

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Miscellaneous

    US Jobs Growth Miss Was a Respite for Gold—How’s the Outlook?

    The US job additions in July reached only 157,000, lower than the expectations of 190,000 job additions.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why May Consumer Confidence Signals a Strong Second Quarter

    The consumer confidence index has increased to 128.0 in May as compared to a downward revised April reading of 125.6.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    These Sectors Drove Industrial Production Higher in March

    Industrial production continued to rise in March after strong growth in February.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove Consumer Sentiment Index to 14-Year High?

    The University of Michigan final consumer sentiment for March was reported at 101.7, up by 1.7 as compared to the final February reading of 99.7.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Countries and Industries Could Be Affected by the Tariffs?

    Canada, the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil are the largest exporters of steel and aluminum to the United States.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Economist Argue That Tariffs Are Bad for the Economy

    The recently proposed import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by US President Donald Trump are an effort to protect the interests of US manufacturers.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could the Lower 4Q17 GDP Estimate be Reason to Worry?

    The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA) has released its second 4Q17 GDP estimate, projecting that the US economy increased at an annual rate of 2.5%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Retail Sales Drop in January

    The advance estimates for US retail (XRT) and food services in January 2018 were $492 billion—a decrease of 0.3% from December.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove Industrial Production Higher in December 2017

    The Fed’s December industrial production report was released on January 17. The report indicated that industrial production continued to improve throughout 2017.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Retail Sales Had the Best Year since 2012

    Retail sales (RTH) have posted impressive growth in 2017. However, the growth is still below the long-term average.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    A Look at GM’s Stock Performance

    In this part of our focus on the top 18 cheap S&P 500 stocks, we’ll discuss another six stocks: General Motors (GM), Ford Motor (F), Owens-Illinois (OI), The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT), Navient (NAVI), and Brighthouse Financial (BHF).

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What a Rise in Retail Sales Means for the Sector

    The United States Census Bureau’s latest retail (XRT) sales report was released on December 14, 2017. It reported that retail sales for November have risen 0.8%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Economic Indicators Covered by the Fed’s Beige Book

    Comparing the economic performance with economic expectations and the previous cycles gives investors an idea of whether the economy is expanding or contracting.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Conference Board Consumer Confidence Rose in November

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index for November came in at 129.5, up from 126.2 in October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The FOMC’s View on the US Economy

    At the November meeting, the FOMC staff review indicated that US labor market conditions continued to strengthen and that the US economy continued to expand at a solid pace.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Industry Helped Retail Sales Grow in October?

    Core sales—excluding energy (XLE), building materials, and auto sales—also rose 0.4% in October, which is a positive sign for the economy.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Here’s What Drove Consumer Expectations Lower in November

    The University of Michigan Preliminary Consumer Sentiment for November was reported at 97.8, which was 2.9 lower than the final October reading of 100.7.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Led to the Rise in the US Trade Deficit in September?

    The latest report was released on November 3 and indicated that the goods and services deficit was $43.5 billion in September, or $0.7 billion higher than in August.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How FOMC Members Assessed the US Economy in the July Meeting

    FOMC members noted that labor market conditions have continued to strengthen since their last meeting in June.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korean Exports’ Impact on Manufacturing Activity

    Manufacturing activity in July 2017 South Korean (EWY) manufacturing activity dropped in the July 2017, with a sharp reduction in output. The Nikkei South Korea (EEM) manufacturing PMI decreased to 49.1 from 50.1 in June, according to an IHS Markit report. Manufacturing activity in South Korea returned to contraction, with reduced orders for its key export markets, […]

    By Mary Sadler
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    Consumer

    Mexico’s Auto Production Set a Record in June—Will It Continue?

    The auto industry in Mexico depends on NAFTA, as major auto manufacturers in the United States have made Mexico their manufacturing and export hub.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Fed Isn’t Satisfied with Labor Market Conditions

    Despite the strong growth in employment numbers, the Fed’s latest monetary policy report had some comments about slow wage growth.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will Falling Gas Prices Impact Gas Station Sales?

    In any economy, the cost of fuel plays an important part in retail sales (XRT) and inflation (TIP).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Retail Sales Are an Important Indicator of Economic Growth

    In this series, we’ll explore the trends in consumer spending in recent months and try to shed some light on the retail sales data that will be released on July 14.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will S&P 500 React to Another Rate Hike This Year?

    The Fed’s decision had a limited impact on the S&P 500 (SPY), which closed last week at 2,433.2, a gain of 0.06% for the week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inside Mexico’s Rising Trade Deficit in March 2017

    Mexico recorded a modest trade deficit in March 2017, as compared to its trade surplus in the previous month.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why growth shifted in the global automotive industry

    The automotive industry is geographically concentrated. The top 15 countries produce 88% of the world’s vehicles. Almost all of the G20 nations have a manufacturing unit.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why GDP and automotive industry growth are related

    There’s a direct correlation between the size of a country’s GDP and its automotive industry. The auto industry has been expanding at a fast pace over the past several years.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Vehicle leasing is driven by life cycles and innovation

    There are higher maintenance and repair costs as a car gets older. This supports the option of leasing a vehicle.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Automakers use incentives to entice customers

    Typically, automakers provide incentives in a slow market. They offer incentives for low-selling models. The total number of vehicles sold in the US in 2014 was 16.5 million.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High operating leverage impacts the auto industry

    The auto industry has high operating leverage. Operating leverage represents fixed costs as a percentage of total costs. High operating leverage magnifies gains and losses.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Advertising is key for automotive companies

    The automotive industry is one of the biggest spenders when it comes to advertising. General Motors (GM) paid out $928 million during the first half of 2014.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the automotive industry generates employment

    The automotive sector plays a crucial role in job creation. Car manufacturing activity has an employment multiplier value of five.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Daimler and BMW dominate the luxury car segment

    German automakers lead the luxury space in the US. Daimler AG had an 18.4% share. It was followed by BMW. It had a 16.8% share.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Certain automakers dominate the different car segments

    The domestic giants have a significant US presence in trucks. These automakers show their muscle in the midsize SUV segment.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The US automotive industry’s big guns are declining

    The competition between light trucks and cars characterizes the US automotive market. Over the past four years, consumers steadily moved towards SUVs and pickups.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Does monetary policy impact stocks?

    Although monetary policy mainly impacts government bonds, equity investments are also impacted. It’s important to understand why and when equities react to policy announcements.

    By David Ashworth
  • Consumer

    The must-know risks and opportunities for Honda’s stock

    Over this series, we’ve seen that Honda’s heritage is rooted in innovative engineering and customer satisfaction. It has been a daring company in the past.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Why Honda is unusual among major auto makers

    Amazingly, the millions of engines Honda produces each year only account for 3% of the company’s revenue. Let’s look at Honda’s operating income to find out why.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    An investor’s guide to Honda Motor Company: Revenue and drivers

    We’ll take a brief look at industry sales to assess Honda Motor Company’s (HMC) position in the global industry. First, we’ll look at industry sales, and second, we’ll assess Honda’s ability to capture its share of the market.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Investor must-know: Toyota’s important risks and opportunities

    Toyota’s history is one of growth. Over the past 30 years, Toyota (TM) successfully entered a new market segment and took market share in the U.S., the largest market in the world.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Recommendation: Read the equity market’s view of Toyota

    Toyota is investing in R&D (research and development) for new products, has free cash flow to internationalize its manufacturing footprint, and has significant market share in leading economies.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    An investor’s guide to Toyota: Revenue and key drivers

    We’ll take a brief look at industry sales to assess Toyota Motor Company’s (TM) position in the global industry. First, we’ll look at industry sales, and second, we’ll assess Toyota’s ability to capture its share of the market.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Becoming a competitive auto company: General Motors’ strategy

    General Motor’s (GM) stated vision is to design, build, and sell the world’s best vehicles. In reality, it’s seeking to sell the most cars and gain economies of scale across its global footprint.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Do GM’s latest earnings reflect its vast global market share?

    GM’s revenues are driven by light trucks in the U.S. and cars in China. Earnings are pulled down by inefficient operations. Let’s see how they compare to the industry.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Competitive advantage and earnings are key to the auto industry

    Relative measures become significant when you look at the dollar amount differences between Toyota and GM in terms of the scale of the two businesses.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Why companies like Toyota lead in global automobile market share

    Global market share is dominated by the top ten original equipment manufacturers (or OEM), which account for 81% of the global automotive industry’s annual sales.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Must-know growth drivers for the global automobile industry

    The global automobile market is impacted by global GDP, consumer confidence, employment, the availability of credit, the price of fuel, and consumer confidence.

    By William Lowry, CFA
  • Consumer

    Auto sales: Can record incentives revive auto industry fortunes?

    Light vehicle auto sales for March will be released on Tuesday, April 1. The light vehicle annualized selling pace came in at 15.3 million in February.

    By Phalguni Soni
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