10.06 +0.02 (0.20%)
Pre-Market: 7:00AM EDT
|Bid||0.00 x 27000|
|Ask||10.07 x 27000|
|Day's Range||10.03 - 10.18|
|52 Week Range||7.41 - 11.87|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.97|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||12.92|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.60 (5.94%)|
|1y Target Est||10.44|
Is there really a market for a vehicle like the 2020 Ford Explorer ST? Well, Ford is certainly about to find out, because there's really nothing like it out there. Oh sure, the Dodge Durango SRT exists, but there's always been something tongue-in-cheek about that.
DEEP DIVE Dividend stocks, which have performed well this year, may get another boost if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates. With lower rates, income-seeking investors could use dividend stocks more than ever, and growth investors may also be interested because declining low interest rates prop up prices of higher-yielding stocks.
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Nio (NYSE:NIO) continues to fall further into penny-stock status. Once compared to American automaker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) as the "Tesla of China," Nio stock now struggles to survive.Source: Shutterstock A deal NIO has made with a government-owned organization may keep it from going to zero. However, investors should not buy at these low levels hoping it will become the next Chinese Tesla or Ford (NYSE:F). It's All About the NumbersWith a Nio stock price now just hovering above $2.50 per share, shares are cheap. However, there's a reason for this extreme discount. I do not say that because I made a mistake in referring to NIO as a "possible trade" about one month ago. It also has little to do with the fact that I constantly remind traders that so-called Chinese stocks are actually Cayman Islands-based holding companies who represent Chinese firms.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor me, it comes down to numbers. Sales of its electric vehicles (EVs) fell by about 54.6% between the fourth quarter of last year and Q1. Also, the company sold only 5,113 cars in the first four months of 2019. Sales of 1,124 vehicles in April make up only a small fraction of the 45,197 EVs sold in China. NIO faces More Competition than TeslaUnlike Tesla in the U.S., NIO faces heavy competition at home. It lags BYD Auto (OTCMKTS:BYDDF) in sales. BYD benefits from the interest of Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) bought a 25% stake in the company 11 years ago. Yes, Nio stock may have beaten its Chinese peers to the U.S. equity markets. Still, it's lost nearly 60% of its value from the initial public offering of $6.25 per share back in September. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less Worse, conditions appear unfavorable for the entire EV sector. Tesla has lost over 40% of its value since the early summer of 2017. Moreover, investors should remember that even the largest, best-established players have not prospered.Recall that General Motors (NYSE:GM) experienced a bankruptcy 10 years ago. Since the current GM stock launched its IPO in 2010, shares have seen little appreciation. Nio Stock Should Survive but Do Little ElseAdmittedly, Nio stock offers just enough hope to investors that someone who wants to see this as a buy will continue to do so. The trade war has hammered the Chinese economy. If negotiators come up with a face-saving way out for China, that could help NIO. Moreover, the company blew away revenue estimates in the last quarter, and losses came in 13 cents per share less than expected. One analyst even predicts that the company will turn profitable in 2021.It also appears unlikely to fall to zero. As our own Dana Blankenhorn points out, Nio entered into a joint venture with GAC, the Chinese state car company. Blankenhorn rightly describes this as a "government bailout" as this means China will provide $1.45 billion to bolster the relationship. However, it will take more than a bailout to make Nio stock a profitable investment.Still, the most misleading appeal may come down to false hopes. Many investors dream of buying a penny stock that stages a dramatic comeback a few years down the line. I do not necessarily discourage such speculation with a small part of one's portfolio. However, while I expect some stocks will trade well above their current levels, autos probably won't enjoy such robust speculation. Final Thoughts on Nio StockThose hoping for outsized gains from low-priced equities will likely not profit from Nio stock. Yes, NIO operates in the same sector that has led TSLA to massive gains. However, times have changed in the EV sector and in the auto industry overall. Even Tesla stock has begun to suffer.Yes, the investment from the Chinese state automaker could avert a bankruptcy. However, survival is not prosperity. For Nio stock to deliver outsized long-term gains, it will not only have to become profitable, but must become China's market leader in EV. That's something it has never done.NIO will also have to bring long-term profits for investors. While it may turn a profit at some point, historical industry facts indicate consistent profitability is a serious challenge.Those who want to set aside a portion of their portfolio for speculation should do so. However, I would not expect those gains to come from Nio stock or any equity in this industry.As of this writing, Will Healy is long BRK.B stock. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less * 4 Dow Jones Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post Do Not Hope for a Dramatic Comeback in Nio Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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It’s nice to know that Mitsubishi is still making vehicles. But none of them for sale today have the panache and style like the 3000GT VR4 from yesteryear.
The redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer walks the line between traditional gasoline and hybrid powertrains offering buyers a bevy of options. However, not all of them satisfy, writes Eileen Falkenberg-Hull.
Draghi's decision to take a dovish approach comes a day before the Fed’s policy decision. Fed Chair Jerome Powell is also expected to take a dovish stance, but a rate cut this month looks quite improbable.
The Fed's two-day meeting is scheduled to start on June 19. The Fed will release a statement and announce its interest rate decision on the same day. Expert Jim Grant weighs in on the possibility of an interest rate cut.
As we discovered during our first drive of the 2020 Ford Explorer, its class-besting performance is its prime appeal. Both its four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines, paired with a new rear-wheel-drive-based platform, result in strong acceleration, class-leading towing and surprisingly good fuel economy. It pairs a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 with an electric motor, which is integrated with its 10-speed automatic.
The new 2020 Ford Explorer is something different. While its styling is an evolution of the vehicle it replaces, this all-new, fifth-generation Explorer represents a radical transformation, offering a fundamentally different driving experience and capability set than both its predecessor and nearly every other family crossover.
(Bloomberg) -- Automakers won control over a choice swath of wireless spectrum 20 years ago on the promise of delivering safety innovations to vehicles.Now, after failing to deliver widespread breakthroughs, they’re at risk of losing those frequencies to Comcast Corp. and other cable companies that say they can use them to offer robust Wi-Fi links to subscribers.The years-long struggle between the industries is nearing an inflection point, with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai signaling he may consider new uses for the airwaves. Pai could announce as early as Tuesday that he’ll schedule a vote to re-examine the allocation at the commission’s meeting next month.“The spectrum, for 22 years, has not reached its highest valued use, and that’s part of the reason why I think it’s important to have an open conversation,” Pai said at a Senate hearing last week. “I’m not saying what the answer should be, I’m simply saying let’s ask the questions that would enable us to have an informed conversation.”That conversation has already kicked off a flurry of activity by stakeholders. A team at Ford Motor Co. gave Pai a ride in a specially outfitted F-150 pickup truck earlier this month. The idea was to demonstrate the technology that could, for example, warn of a scooter’s approach or judge when it’s safe to enter an intersection.“Grateful to Ford for showing us a glimpse of the future,” Pai said in a tweet after his parking-lot spin. “It’s important to have an open conversation about the future of this band” of airwaves.Ford and other carmakers including BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp., don’t want to lose the rights they gained in 1999 from the FCC for a system designed to link cars, roadside beacons and traffic lights into a seamless wireless communication web to avoid collisions and heed speed limits.Yet after nearly two decades, deployments have been few. An Obama administration proposal to mandate the technology in new cars has been left to languish under the deregulatory agenda pursued by President Donald Trump. General Motors Co. introduced the first factory-equipped model, a Cadillac sedan, just two years ago. And in April, Toyota scrapped plans to equip its cars with the systems starting in 2021.Now even automakers are moving away the original system, and see greater promise in a newer method based on cellular radios -- the system in the F-150 that Ford showed off for the FCC’s Pai. Ford plans to begin equipping all of its U.S. vehicles with the systems starting in 2022.That is an issue for carmakers as the 1999 allocation of airwaves by the FCC locked them into the system envisioned then. They need new rules to use a cellular system, which is backed by several companies including Ford, Audi AG and gear maker Qualcomm Inc.Ford, in a statement, said it is “critical” for the FCC to allow the newer, cellular-based method to use the airwaves because it will become the dominant technology to connect vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians.Cable providers have pounced, characterizing the currently mandated system as fostering “two decades of stagnation.”They’ve called for ending carmakers’ exclusive rights to the frequencies at 5.9 GHz and allocating all or most of the band to the Wi-Fi systems that carry web traffic for most cable customers.Some consumer groups agree. They include the Consumer Federation of America, the American Library Association, Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America.“The best outcome for consumers is to move vehicle safety signaling to a different set of frequencies and allow next generation Wi-Fi to use 5.9 GHz,” Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the Open Technology Institute, said in an email.Pai controls the FCC’s agenda, and his impatience ushers in a moment of promise -- and peril.“We could maintain the status quo” but “I am quite skeptical that this is a good idea,” Pai said in a speech last month to a gathering that celebrated the Wi-Fi signals used for connections in hotel lobbies, coffee shops and homes.Pai said it would take a formal rulemaking to allow greater Wi-Fi use of the swath, or to let automakers exploit the band for the cellular safety system.Skepticism has arisen within the Trump administration. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao telephoned Pai to urge the FCC not to use its June meeting to commence its consideration of the airwaves, according to one official briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation wasn’t public.While Transportation Department officials haven’t advanced the previous administration’s proposed mandate, they want autos to hold onto the airwaves.“Preserving the spectrum for transportation safety, which can save lives, is probably more important than slightly faster Wi-Fi,” Derek Kan, the Transportation Department’s undersecretary for policy, said in an interview June 3.To contact the reporters on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at email@example.com;Ryan Beene in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at email@example.com, Elizabeth Wasserman, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
To thrive, brands need to make themselves indispensable, suggests Elspeth Chueng, global director of the brand equity database BrandZ: “It’s not just about the product, but what consumers need in their daily lives.” As prices rise to compensate for higher tariffs — $200bn imposed by the US and $60bn by China in May — brands will need to justify that extra money. Just take US car companies in China, which are feeling the strain already. Sales in China have dropped for the first time since 1990, partly as a result of trade war uncertainty prompting consumers to hold back on purchases.
GM is one of many automakers trying to chase Tesla (TSLA) as the top electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturer, with plans to produce 20 models of electric cars by 2023.
On June 12, Ford announced a recall for ~1.2 million Ford Explorers in the US and 28,000 Explorers in Canada. The defect could increase the risk of a crash by diminishing the steering control.
Taking cues from the broader market movement, most auto companies traded on a slightly positive note last week. General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Toyota rose 0.5%, 0.5%, and 1.6%, respectively.
Earlier today, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross once again hinted at President Donald Trump’s willingness to impose auto tariffs on Europe. While talking to CNBC, Ross said that he is positive about a US-Europe trade deal.
(Bloomberg) -- When a group of 17 of the world’s largest automakers sent a letter to President Donald Trump on June 6 asking him to compromise with California on vehicle-emission standards, one company was notably absent from the list of signatories: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.That holdout stance is not atypical for the automaker, known for its Jeep SUVs, beefy pickup trucks and Italian sports cars. Most automakers have called for tapping the brakes by making adjustments to national fuel-economy and emissions standards in light of low gasoline prices and soaring SUV sales. But Fiat Chrysler’s public comments hew closer to the Trump administration’s reverse shift on Obama-era regulations.“They are looking out for their own best interest, as every company and every person does at the end of the day,” said Brett Smith, director of propulsion technology and energy infrastructure at the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research.General Motors Co. suggested a national mandate for electric vehicles in 2021 in its written comments to regulators. Honda Motor Co. called for “strong 2025 targets” and said it did not support a Trump administration proposal to freeze the standards. Ford Motor Co.’s top executives said publicly they “support increasing clean-car standards through 2025 and are not asking for a rollback.”In its written comments submitted to regulators last year, Fiat Chrysler said it agrees with one of the Trump administration’s central arguments: Stricter fuel-efficiency mandates drive up new vehicle prices, keeping older, dirtier and less-safe cars on the road longer. It said this could undermine the very air quality and safety benefits the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules aim to deliver.The EPA and NHTSA are preparing a final rule now that could differ from the post-2020 freeze the agencies recommended last year.“Our support for one national program and the mid-term evaluation remains unchanged,” Fiat Chrysler said in an emailed statement last week after its peers’ letter became public. “It was made clear when we were one of just two automakers to testify last September at hearings held by the EPA and NHTSA.”Shares of Fiat Chrysler rose 1.7% to $13.50 at 10:23 a.m. in New York.When the Trump administration proposed stripping California of its authority to limit tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions last August, Fiat Chrysler made one of the industry’s strongest public endorsements of the federal government’s right to do so.“It remains our hope that conflicts over preemption will be avoided by an agreement,” the automaker wrote in comments submitted to the government last October. “However, in the absence of such an agreement, FCA agrees that the law gives the federal government the authority to preempt state standards that are directly related to fuel economy.”Fuel-Economy LaggardThe Trump administration in February terminated months of talks between federal regulators and California officials about a common standard. Automakers have urged the two sides to reach an agreement to avert a prolonged legal battle with California, but the White House has rejected that appeal. A dozen other states adhere to California’s emissions rules -- a bloc that accounts for more than a third of U.S. auto sales.Fiat Chrysler was among the first car companies to abandon sedans and, according to market research firm Edmunds, its model lineup has the lowest average fuel economy among the six biggest automakers. But almost every major manufacturer is boosting production of higher-emission SUVs and trucks for the U.S. market.The industry acted in unison urging the Obama administration to adjust fuel economy and cried foul when the EPA in 2016 determined no changes were needed, months earlier than expected. Automakers quickly appealed to a newly elected Trump early in 2017 for relief. The plea for a compromise between California and federal regulators reflects a desire to avoid costs from a split standard and the potential for years of uncertainty caused by a courtroom battle over the rules.“It’s important for them to communicate through the general public that yes, in a way, they very much do care about the environment, but they also understand they have a market to serve and to try to sell to,” Smith said.Under Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley, who took over last July, Fiat Chrysler has ramped up plans to electrify its lineup, in part to stay competitive in China and Europe where emissions standards are tougher. The automaker still stands to benefit the most from Trump’s proposed freeze, according to Alan Baum, an independent auto analyst in West Bloomfield, Michigan.“They’re way behind, by design, on electrics and hybrids,” Baum said. “To the extent there’s any improvement or required improvement in fuel economy, that’s really tough for them.”The Italian-American company has been a laggard even by industry standards. It ranked last among 13 car companies for both fuel economy and carbon emissions in the EPA’s evaluation of 2017 model-year sales. Its late CEO Sergio Marchionne publicly griped about having to sell a money-losing battery electric vehicle in California to meet that state’s more stringent emissions standards.The company has pointed out that demand for low-emissions models remains muted in much of the country, with hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles accounting for just 1.5% of U.S. vehicle sales through July of last year, according to IHS estimates. “The final rule must be based on the market realities of today,” Fiat Chrysler said in its written testimony on emissions-policy revisions.(Adds share price in 8th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ryan Beene.To contact the reporter on this story: Gabrielle Coppola in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chester Dawson at email@example.com, Cécile Daurat, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Ford Motor (NYSE: F) stock has had a good run so far in 2019, closing on Friday at $9.98 and up 30% in 2019. Yet Ford stock price today could be so much higher.Source: Shutterstock The ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China is heightening uncertainties for the automotive market. Any punitive tariffs levied by the U.S. against China will set back Ford's turnaround.Moreover, Ford's unnecessary spending has dragged down Ford's profits and Ford stock price today. To raise F stock, Ford must cut its costs around the world. Though Ford's near-term results will lag as it restructures, value investors should keep an eye on F stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today Restructuring OperationsF is restructuring its business at its Bridgend engine plant because of its excess engine inventories. F is also working on raising its EBIT margin to 6%. As a result, Ford may no longer obtain zero or negative profit from selling its vehicles. In Europe, expect F to concentrate on selling commercial vehicles, since that is one of its key strengths in the region.Ford is making progress in other areas. For example, it has reduced its capital expenditures more quickly than it had expected. Product MixFord will heavily promote its Ranger pickup truck in Europe, as it has already had some success selling the vehicle there. The Kuga, which is a compact SUV, continues to be popular on the continent.Since many Europeans like compact vehicles, the company's Puma, a sub-compact SUV which will be launched soon, should resonate with European consumers. As far as cars, the company's Focus and Fiesta models are still generating strong sales.Given that Explorer and Escape are the two highest selling SUVs for the company, it will develop electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid-power versions of those two models soon. A plug-in hybrid version of the Lincoln Aviator will also be offered in the near-term. Whether that version of the Aviator will do well remains to be seen. At a base price of $50,000, the premium vehicle could compete with similar vehicles that will be sold by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Ford's $11 Billion Investment in Electric VehiclesFord committed to spending $11 billion over the next few years to develop electric vehicles. Ford has an electric SUV on the way, and it's slated to launch a Mustang-inspired SUV next year. F is also developing an electric F150 pickup truck that could resonate with construction workers.Instead of having a battery generator on-site, construction workers could use their electric F150s to power their tools. In the next few years, Ford will benefit from increased sales of its hybrid vehicles and its introduction of electric vehicles.Ford's upcoming EV launches in no way slow its commitment to hybrid offerings, which resonate well with its customers.To manage its EVs properly, F must align its EV launches with demand. F should not rush an incomplete EV product to market.As more charging stations come online, demand for EVs may improve, boosting demand for Evs, including those of FordDespite partnering with Volkswagen (OTC:VWAGY), Ford is still developing its own EV solution. But the two companies are collaborating on autonomous-car development. Valuation and the Bottom Line on Ford Stock Price TodayF is the second-largest producer of hybrid automobiles, but it is pivoting towards total electrification and autonomous driving. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has already proven that there is demand for EVs. Now it is time for Ford to roll out its electric vehicles in order to accelerate the company's growth. Using a 5-year DCF Revenue Exit model (per finbox.io), and assuming that Ford's top line rises by at least 2% annually, Ford stock price today should be around $12.As of this writing, the author owns shares of Ford stock. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * The 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today * 4 Semiconductor Stocks to Sell Compare Brokers The post Why Ford Stock Is Undervalued appeared first on InvestorPlace.