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CNN (July 2)

2018/ 07/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Every US-made car is an import,” which means US automakers could get stung bad by tariffs. According to a measure used by regulators, “the two most ‘American’ cars are both Hondas—the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup,” each of which boast about 75% of components made in the US or Canada. “The Honda Civic, Acura MDX, Acura TLX and the Mercedes C-class source 70% from the United States and Canada. The highest-ranked car made by a Detroit automaker is the Chevrolet Corvette, which placed seventh” at about 65%. GM has already warned that “tariffs could force the company to cut jobs at US plants due to an expected drop in sales associated with higher prices.”

 

CNBC (April 27)

2018/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

“So is it really the end of the American car on its home turf? From the way Detroit’s major executives are talking, it would seem so. Ford said Wednesday it will only offer two new cars in North America over the coming years…. GM is moving along the same lines.”

 

The Economist (April 7)

2018/ 04/ 09 by jd in Global News

“America’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles is under pressure. Mr Musk is fighting battles on many fronts and they all exacerbate his main threat: a financial squeeze that could eventually push Tesla over the edge…. Rising interest rates, a wobbly share price and a continued inability to meet its own production goals would all conspire to make it harder for the firm to find capital. It does not help that General Motors, Volkswagen and other big rivals are making massive investments in EVs.”

 

The Economist (January 27)

2018/ 01/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Not so long ago, GM and its peers seemed to be on a path to extinction. Technology firms such as Alphabet, Uber and other pushy newcomers had started a race to develop software that would control driverless cars and to offer ride-hailing and ride-sharing services that are expected to thrive at the expense of car ownership.” However, there’s been a sharp reversal in market sentiment and GM has taken pole position. “A scorecard issued annually by Navigant, a consultancy, puts GM ahead of the AV pack of carmakers and tech firms, with Alphabet’s Waymo in second place.”

 

Washington Post (August 10)

2015/ 08/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Matters are not as clear as is often suggested regarding short-term-driven ‘quarterly capitalism.’” The “most enthusiastic champions of long-termism” are often the “managements of companies that are dissipating the most value, such as General Motors before it needed to be bailed out.” Long-termism can also lead to short-term excesses, such as “market participants who willingly place huge valuations on many Silicon Valley companies that lack any profits and have little revenue.”

 

Washington Post (April 24)

2011/ 04/ 27 by jd in Global News

The federal government still owns a quarter of GM’s common stock and over 90% of AIG. These purchases and other bailout measures saved both the automaker and the insurer. Some may urge the U.S. Government to hold its shares until a better market arrives. AIG’s stock price has fallen 25% since the start of 2011 and GM’s has fallen by $3 per share since its 2010 IPO. Earlier sales could have reaped more for the government. Later sales might as well, but “federal profit maximization was not the main purpose of the AIG or GM rescues.” The Post thinks it is time for the government to sell its remaining shares. GM and AIG should each be required to again compete as a private enterprise.

The federal government still owns a quarter of GM’s common stock and over 90% of AIG. These purchases and other bailout measures saved both the automaker and the insurer. Some may urge the U.S. Government to hold its shares until a better market arrives. AIG’s stock price has fallen 25% since the start of 2011 and GM’s has fallen by $3 per share since its 2010 IPO. Earlier sales could have reaped more for the government. Perhaps later sales could too, but “federal profit maximization was not the main purpose of the AIG or GM rescues.” The Post thinks it is time for the government to sell its remaining shares. GM and AIG should each be required to again compete as a private enterprise.

 

New York Times (March 18)

2011/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

Markets ranging from copper to treasuries and currencies to the S&P 500 are being driven by the events unfolding in Japan. The impact is now extending to overseas supply chains. “In a sign of the spreading global economic impact, General Motors on Thursday became the first U.S. auto maker to close a U.S. factory because of the crisis in Japan.” GM will halt production at a Louisiana pick-up truck plant due to shortages of components from Japan.

Markets ranging from copper to treasuries and currencies to the S&P 500 are being driven by the events unfolding in Japan. The impact is now extending to overseas supply chains. “In a sign of the spreading global economic impact, General Motors on Thursday became the first U.S. auto maker to close a U.S. factory because of the crisis in Japan.” GM will halt production at a Louisiana pick-up truck plant due to shortages of components from Japan.

 

Barron’s (August 21)

2010/ 08/ 26 by jd in Global News

General Motors (GM) is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO). This is not just any IPO. President Obama has pledged that taxpayers will get their entire $50 billion investment back. Barron’s is not optimistic. “We figure that the company’s market value could be around $66 billion, or $118 a share.” That would value GM higher than Ford or Daimler, but “it would take a price of around $135 a common share” for taxpayers to get their full $50 billion back.

 

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