FCAU - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
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At close: 4:01PM EDT
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Previous Close13.91
Bid13.88 x 3200
Ask14.13 x 3100
Day's Range13.85 - 14.07
52 Week Range12.11 - 18.50
Avg. Volume2,943,898
Market Cap27.431B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.70
PE Ratio (TTM)5.99
EPS (TTM)2.32
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield0.73 (5.29%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-20
1y Target Est18.32
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Toyota (TM)Source: josefkubes / Shutterstock.com Close to a 52-week high, Toyota (NYSE:TM) is not an ideal deep-value play. But at a trailing P/E of 8 and with a dividend yielding 3.3%, TM stock may still reward patient investors. In August, the company reported strong 12.3% growth on a volume basis, posting sales of 218,403 units. This is the best-ever August. Hybrid sales increased 68.3% in the Toyota division and 44.2% for the Lexus division, suggesting that investors benefit from the company's diversification from gas-powered vehicles.As the popularity of cars falls, Toyota is bucking the trend by reporting a 15.2% increase in Corolla sales. Highlander sales rose 21.7% while RAV4 sales were up 17.2%.Just as Ford paired with Volkswagen in a joint venture and Fiat may merge with Renault, Toyota and Suzuki invested in each other. Toyota is buying a 5% stake in Suzuki while Suzuki will buy $453 million of TM stock. 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It was the first time since December 2015 that the gauge fell below 50. ISM’s production gauge also sank below that mark, to 49.5 in August from 50.8.The slump in demand and output spilled over into the labor market as the ISM’s gauge of factory employment fell to 47.4, the lowest level since March 2016. That suggests this Friday’s employment report will show weakness in August manufacturing payrolls, which were surprisingly solid the previous two months.“It confirms that the weakness that we’ve been seeing for a number of months now on the global front and on the tariff front is really washing up to the U.S. shores,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics. “What’s important here is that it’s not just the current conditions that have deteriorated quite sharply but also the forward-looking components.”A measure of export orders, a proxy of overseas demand, sank to 43.3, the lowest reading since April 2009 during the depths of the last recession.A separate factory PMI from IHS Markit came in at 50.3 on Tuesday, showing manufacturing was barely expanding. Economists and investors tend to more closely follow the ISM report, which dates to 1931.The “shock effect” of the latest ISM report “adds to recession fears, and the components were also pretty weak,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, in an interview. “This does confirm that we’re not bottoming out yet in manufacturing in this country, and that’s significant.”(Adds companies in eighth and ninth paragraphs)\--With assistance from Chris Middleton, Elena Popina, Vildana Hajric and David Welch.To contact the reporter on this story: Reade Pickert in Washington at epickert@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Scott Lanman at slanman@bloomberg.net, Vince GolleFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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