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gruck1945 19 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 19, 2014 7:40 PM Member since: Jan 28, 2006
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  • BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK--March 27, 2014: – Ford’s market-leading commercial vehicle range has scooped six major trophies at the 2014 VansA2Z Awards, including the overall Van of the Year title with the all-new Transit.

    The all-new Ford Transit was crowned Van of the Year and claimed victory in the Large Panel Van of the Year category, while the all-new Ford Transit Custom secured Diesel Eco Van of the Year and, for the second year running, the Small Panel Van of the Year title. Ford’s all-new Transit Connect – International Van of the Year 2014 – was voted Light Van of the Year and the Ford Fiesta Van claimed Small Van of the Year for the second consecutive year.

    This record number of awards for Ford eclipses last year’s five-medal haul and a hat-trick of accolades the year before that. It is a result of Ford’s significant global investment into the all-new four-vehicle Transit family – introduced to UK customers in just 18 months.

    Neil McIntee, VansA2Z editor, said: “We’re delighted to award the all-new Transit Best Large Panel Van and the overall Van of the Year title. Ford has continued to raise the bar in the commercial vehicle market, with the introduction of Transit Custom, Transit Connect and new Transit.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • ** from a post on the GM board **
    The antiseptic "managed bankruptcy" protected GM from the soul-searching introspection and personnel changes that would have LAID THE FOUNDATION for a fundamental cultural change. As you may recall from my posts over the years, culture change requires three complete cycles of management personal.
    1) "We don't have a culture and even if we did, I am not the problem"
    2) "We have a culture problem but my behaviors have made me successful so I don't really want to change"
    3) "I owe my success to fixing the problem and am willing to go a new direction"
    In a successful transformation, the third generation or sometimes the fourth has severed its ties to the old culture and can move forward, Ford was into this process in the 1980's and is a fundamentally different company than it was 30 years ago., I think GM is, at best, in phase 2 and has a long way to go.

    gruck1945

  • gruck1945 gruck1945 Apr 14, 2014 7:29 PM Flag

    mallen1998,

    For ten years, you have been pretty much on the money regarding GM Culture. The antiseptic "managed bankruptcy" protected GM from the soul-searching introspection and personnel changes that would have LAID THE FOUNDATION for a fundamental cultural change. As you may recall from my posts over the years, culture change requires three complete cycles of management personal.
    1) "We don't have a culture and even if we did, I am not the problem"
    2) "We have a culture problem but my behaviors have made me successful so I don't really want to change"
    3) "I owe my success to fixing the problem and am willing to go a new direction"
    In a successful transformation, the third generation or sometimes the fourth has severed its ties to the old culture and can move forward, Ford was into this process in the 1980's and is a fundamentally different company than it was 30 years ago., I think GM is, at best, in phase 2 and has a long way to go.

    gruck1945

  • Reply to

    GM Culture in WSJ

    by gruck1945 Apr 6, 2014 9:37 AM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Apr 7, 2014 2:32 PM Flag

    Fly,
    Here are some abbreviated excerpts"

    Mary Barra's Congressional testimony this week probably buried for good the idea that bankruptcy brought forth a "New GM."

    In any real bankruptcy, General Motors would have been brutally downsized. Its labor contracts likely would have been voided. It likely wouldn't be led now by a 30-year veteran of the GM bureaucracy.

    Ms. Barra, might have argued that the problems were the problems of a company that no longer exists and a product that's no longer made. That she didn't was politic.

    Sadly, she resorted to her "old GM" patter when trying to suggest vaguely that GM's previous management had been cost-obsessed whereas her enlightened reign was customer-focused.

    gruck1945

  • Reply to

    GM Culture in WSJ

    by gruck1945 Apr 6, 2014 9:37 AM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Apr 7, 2014 2:13 PM Flag

    Sorry. This is no longer working.

  • gruck1945 by gruck1945 Apr 6, 2014 9:37 AM Flag

    Google this subject: In Defense of 'Old General Motors' for a very interesting discussion of the GM culture.

    gruck1945

  • Reply to

    Republican Hypocrites at it Again

    by labcorp_pos3 Mar 26, 2014 4:30 PM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Mar 26, 2014 5:43 PM Flag

    bcorp_pos3, In case you haven't heard

    Ohio auto dealers have struck an agreement that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.
    The agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association was negotiated on Tuesday and approved by a Senate panel.The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland. It prohibits the company from opening any other stores.
    The bill allows no other automaker to operate manufacturer-owned stores in the state.

    gruck1945

  • culleyjc52,

    I've finished building my position with 800 shares at an average pps of $43.68. My investing system caps the amount I can hold in any one stock based on the ValueLine Timliness Rank and some other criteria. So I'll just hold on while others push the price around. I am considering bumping my position limits and that could make room for another 100 shares.

    I am optimistic that the second half of the year will be kinder to companies engaged in the petroleum industry in general. Gulfmark seems to have timed it right with their 11 ship build program and the new boats are coming down the ways just in time to catch the next wave of offshore exploration. I like ESV, RIG, and NE as the other side of that coin for similar reasons,

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • gruck1945 by gruck1945 Mar 11, 2014 9:26 AM Flag

    Smalls,
    Suppose you were a large telecom company planning a buyout offer for another telecom in a market where you wanted to expand. Would it not make sense to do what you could to remove the speculative premium from the price of the target? Things like announcing that you had "no interest in making an offer in the next six months" or having your proxies state that actions by the target "would make the target less attractive" to you.

    What do you think?

    Others are welcome to make thoughtful comments as well.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    Lousy deal for shareholders

    by ronkaren69 Mar 6, 2014 9:18 AM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Mar 6, 2014 12:51 PM Flag

    ronkaren69 ,

    If you bought your VOD right before the deal was announced you made about 25% on the total transaction (New VOD + VZ + Cash). If you bought later, you didn't make much because the deal was already priced in.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • My calculations are:
    1200 Old VOD became 654 New VOD, 315 VZ and $5904 cash. According to TDAmeritrade, the VZ shres have a total basis of $15,185 ($48.11 pps) and the New VOD shares have a basis of $31,300 ($52.12 pps). I am not sure what to do with the cash but I think it should be subtracted from the New VOD basis as a return of capital. If this is right, the adjusted basis becomes $25,396 ($42.29 pps).

    I am not positive this is the right approach, but it seems to be reasonable and produced per share cost bases
    near where the shares traded after the transaction.

    gruck1945

    PS: I ignored the fractional shares for which we will get cash. Wouldn't change much.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    The GLF Lone Ranger

    by culleyjc52 Dec 19, 2013 9:31 PM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Mar 4, 2014 10:01 AM Flag

    culleyjc52,
    I bought another 200 shares at $42.23 for an average pps of $41.02.

    So far so good

    gruck1945

  • Reply to

    Error in My VZ Share Distribution?

    by thomasaug Feb 24, 2014 11:22 AM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Feb 24, 2014 9:29 PM Flag

    You are confusing VOD traded on the LSE with VOD ADR's traded here in the USA. One ADR = 10 shares so each gots 0.26 shares of VZ.

  • Reply to

    VOD Under Pressure until Feb 20

    by mashone1969 Feb 5, 2014 11:17 AM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Feb 20, 2014 6:58 PM Flag

    Mashone1969,
    Great prognostication!
    VOD on o2/05/2014 $35.40
    VOD on 02/20/2014 $38.74 Up 1.41(3.78%)

    gruck1945

  • Reply to

    The GLF Lone Ranger

    by culleyjc52 Dec 19, 2013 9:31 PM
    gruck1945 gruck1945 Feb 14, 2014 3:51 PM Flag

    culleyjc52,

    I took the plunge (just a little one) and initiated a position in GLF with 200 shares at $39.76. Usually when I start a new stock it immediately drops so I was going to buy some more Well that didn't happen so
    far.

    GLF is well regarded by ValueLine, my main source of information, and looks to have a lot of upside along with a decent dividend. My basic hypothesis is that the world economy is recovering (or at least will some time soon) and the demand for oil will grow. I have a number of positions in the drillers like ESV, RIG, DO, and NBR and GLF seems like a secondary way to participate in the uptick in oil.

    As to feeling lonely on the board, enjoy it while you can. I am active on the Ford board and others where the political spammers , and other off topic posters way out number those who want to share information and opinion on the company and the industry.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Production of the 2014 Transit Connect is at the Valencia plant in Spain; this will exclusively produce the Transit Connect. All North American versions will be sourced from here and shipped to the United States. I am pretty sure production is being ended at the Koaceli, Turkey plant to make room for the Transit Custom range of vehicles.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • gruck1945 gruck1945 Feb 9, 2014 1:27 PM Flag

    The awards are made by "WhatVan?" magazine in the UK. It is like Motor Trend in the USA except it is focused on commercial vehicles. Each year the panel of What Van?’s s editorial staff draw on expertise gathered over decades of experience to select the vans, brands and innovations they believe most merit gaining a prize.The What Van? Awards are amongst the most sought after independent accolades in the industry

    The complete set of 2014 awards are:
    - 2014 Van of the Year: Ford Transit Custom
    - 2014 Small Van: Ford Fiesta Van
    - 2014 Light Van: Fiat Doblo Cargo/Vauxhall Combo
    - 2014 Medium Van: Ford Transit Custom
    - 2014 Pick-Up: Ford Ranger
    - 2014 4x4 Van: Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work
    - 2014 Used Van: VW Transporter
    - 2014 Editor's Choice: Nissan NV200
    - 2014 Green Award: Ashwoods Automotive
    - 2014 Best Website: Volkswagen
    - 2014 Safety: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    - 2014 Innovation: BCA Video Appraisals
    - 2014 Large Van: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    - 2014 Hall of Fame: Vauxhall Vivaro

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • 2012 Transit Custom 1-Ton (International Van of the Year 2013)
    2012 Ranger pickup. (International Pick-Up of the Year 2013)
    2013 Transit Connect (International Van of the Year 2014)
    2013Fiesta Van (Best Small Van of the Year 2014)
    2014 Transit 2-Ton (Watch this space)
    2014 Transit Courier.

    Tgruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Ford’s commercial vehicle sales in 2013 – driven by all-new products – drove the company to its highest share of the CV market since 2007.

    2013 European sales: 186,200 commercial vehicles, 11,000 more than the previous year.
    2013 European Market Share: increased to 9.2 per cent from 8.5 per cent in 2012, the biggest share increase of any automaker in Europe.

    gruck1945

    Sentiment: Buy

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