Compared To The USD, Auto Company Stocks Are On A Summer Vacation

Summer is here, and it’s time for a vacation. But this year, flight schedules are anything but reliable, and that new car for the road trip is probably not available at the local Toyota, Honda, Tesla, General Motors, Ford, etc dealership. Due to chip shortages and other issues, most car dealerships have little to no inventory to sell.

High inflation and rising interest rates combined with high gasoline prices are causing people to rethink or pay more attention to their monthly budget expenditures.

Furthermore, if you do decide to buy a used car, be prepared to pay top dollar. In some cases, a 3-year-old model may cost you as much as a new one. Historically autos almost always depreciate, but we are in an unusual market phenomenon where many used cars have appreciated significantly.

What about the auto company stocks themselves? Cash is looking great versus owning one of these auto brands.

Before we motor into the auto company stocks, let’s take a quick look at cash (the U.S. Dollar).

U.S. DOLLAR +18.81%

  • U.S. Dollar making a new 14-year high
  • 2020-2022 U.S. Presidential Cycle: USD appreciated +18.74% to date
  • 2016-2020 U.S. Presidential Cycle: USD depreciated – 12.80%
  • 2012-2016 U.S. Presidential Cycle: USD appreciated +37.20%

US DOLLAR INDEX • DXY • WEEKLY

US Dollar Index Weekly Chart

TOYOTA -26.93%

  • January 2022 to present
  • -$56.77 or -26.93%
  • 22 weeks or 154 days down
  • The bear market has more room to drop; if you own it consider selling on rallies and going to cash

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION • TM • NYSE • WEEKLY

Toyota Motor Corporation Weekly Chart

HONDA -27.57%

  • August 2021 to present
  • -$9.19 or -27.57%
  • 47 weeks or 329 days down
  • The bear market has more room to drop; if you own it consider selling on rallies and going to cash

HONDA MOTOR COMPANY, LTD. • HMC • NYSE • WEEKLY

Hondo Motor Company Weekly Chart

TESLA -47.38%

  • November 2021 to present
  • -$582.69 or -47.38%
  • 32 weeks or 224 days down
  • The bear market has more room to drop; if you own it consider selling on rallies and going to cash

TESLA, INC. • TSLA • NASDAQ • WEEKLY

Tesla Inc Weekly Chart

GENERAL MOTORS -50.18%

  • December 2021 to present
  • -$31.91 or -50.18%
  • 27 weeks or 189 days down
  • The bear market has more room to drop; if you own it consider selling on rallies and going to cash

GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY • GM • NYSE • WEEKLY

General Motors Weekly Chart

FORD -55.71%

  • January 2022 to present
  • -$14.11 or -55.71%
  • 22 weeks or 154 days down
  • The bear market has more room to drop; if you own it consider selling on rallies and going to cash

FORD MOTOR COMPANY • F • NYSE • WEEKLY

Ford Motor Company Weekly Chart

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Inflation: The Fed’s Guiding Light and the Biggest Worry for Investors

While indexes did manage to make small gains yesterday, they remain in negative territory for the year. The “buy-the-dip” trading mentality that helped indexes swiftly rebound from downturns the past couple of years has mostly been smothered by uncertainty about Federal Reserve monetary policy in the months ahead.

In other words lots of people are freaked out and a bit nervous about how stocks might perform in a rate hiking environment.

Just keep in mind, from June 2004 to June 2006 Fed Funds went from 1.00% to 5.25%. There were a total of 17 rate increases across this period, each 25 basis points and stocks did not get hammered.

Inflation

Today, inflation seems to be the Fed’s guiding light and investors are extremely concerned that data between now and the central bank’s next meeting on March 15-16 will fail to show any signs that price pressures are easing. That’s largely due to fallout from the Omicron Covid wave that further exacerbated supply chain dislocations and labor shortages.

Those two issues have been key drivers of escalating inflation which has pushed higher nearly every month since June of 2020. The only exceptions are October, when CPI came in flat, and November when it dipped a puny -0.1%.

Data to watch

Upcoming data to watch includes the January Consumer Price Index (CPI) tomorrow, the PCE Prices Index for January on 2/25, the February Employment Situation on 3/4, and March CPI on 3/10.

Today, investors will be scrutinizing the Energy Information Administration’s Petroleum Status Report. The report last week showed an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories, as well as raw oil at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for WTI. Cushing inventories stood just above 30 million barrels as of January 28—down from 60 million barrels at the start of 2021, and down from 37 million barrels at the end of 2021. U.S. distillate levels are particularly concerning, with inventories as of January 28 falling to the lowest seasonal level in eight years.

The low inventories, which were -26 million barrels (-17%) below the pre-pandemic five-year average, are likely the result of booming manufacturing and freight demand. The American Petroleum Institute yesterday estimated that distillate inventories declined last week by -2.2 million barrels while U.S. crude supplies likely dipped by over -2 million barrels.

Most oil insiders believe the world oil market is under-supplied with OPEC+ struggling to meet production targets and economic activity rapidly rebounding from the Omicron wave that swept the entire globe.

Analysts think that signs of easing tensions between Russia and the West could stall the current rally in oil prices but it will likely only be temporary as supply concerns escalate.

On earnings front, today’s highlights include Bunge, Cerner, CVS, Disney, GlaxoSmithKline, Honda, Mattel, MGM Resorts, Motorola, O’Reilly Automotive, Toyota, Twilio, and Uber.

Wall Street Week Ahead Earnings: KKR, Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Twitter and PepsiCo in Focus

Investors will focus on December quarter earnings for stocks that are economically sensitive, which should show better profits than technology stocks. Increasing Treasury yields and risk aversion could hit the stock market hard over the coming months. In addition, investors will closely monitor the latest news on the rapidly spread Omicron coronavirus variant to see how it impacts earnings in 2022.

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of February 7

Monday (February 7)

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
ACM AECOM $0.77
CHGG Chegg $0.13
HAS Hasbro $0.85
LEG Leggett & Platt $0.73
ON ON Semiconductor $0.94
THC Tenet Healthcare $1.49
TSN Tyson Foods $2.01

 

Tuesday (February 8)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: KKR

The U.S.-based investment firm KKR & Co is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings of $1.02 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 108% from $0.49 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The company that manages multiple alternative asset classes would post revenue growth of 17% to $784.8 million. It is worth noting that the company has consistently beaten consensus earnings estimates in the last two years, at least.

“Strong near-term growth with fundraising supercycle and GA accretion coming into earnings, but we see this reflected in the price at the current valuation for a business model with greater earnings contribution from the balance sheet (40%). While strong investment performance could drive upward estimate revisions, we have less visibility on more episodic investment income gains,” noted Michael Cyprys, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Mgmt’s increased focus on expanding the platform with adjacent strategies and scaling successor funds should drive higher fee-related earnings (FRE).”

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TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
BP BP $1.18
IT Gartner $2.47
HOG Harley-Davidson $-0.37
LYFT Lyft $-0.46
PFE Pfizer $0.85

 

Wednesday (February 9)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WALT DISNEY

Walt Disney, a family entertainment company, is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings of $0.68 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 112% from $0.32 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The family entertainment company would post revenue growth of over 30% to $21.15 billion. The company has beaten earnings estimates in most of the quarters in the last two years, at least.

Disney is building content assets that enable it to take advantage of the significant direct-to-consumer streaming opportunity ahead. Disney’s underlying IP remains best-in-class, supporting long term content monetization opportunities,” noted Benjamin Swinburne, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“During this period of FCF pressure from Parks closures, ESPN’s FCF generation is key to driving down leverage. Historical cycles suggest a potential return to above prior peak US Parks revenues in FY23.”

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TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
AFG American Financial Group $2.98
CVS CVS Health $1.56
HMC Honda Motor $0.95
RDWR Radware $0.13
SGEN Seagen $-0.74
TM Toyota Motor $3.76
UBER Uber Technologies $-0.33

 

Thursday (February 10)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: COCA-COLA, TWITTER, PEPSICO

COCA-COLA: The world’s largest soft drink manufacturer is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings of $0.41 per share, which represents a year-over-year decline of over 12% from $0.47 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago. However, the company’s revenue would grow nearly 4% to $8.94 billion.

TWITTER: The social media giant is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings of $0.35 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 8% from $0.38 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The company would post revenue growth of over 21% to $1.57 billion. Twitter expects revenues of approximately $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. GAAP operating income is expected to range from $130 million to $180 million, according to ZACKS Research.

With a focus on engineering and products, Twitter expects to increase headcount and costs by 30% or more in 2021. In 2021, the company expects total revenues to grow faster than expenses.

“Lack of Negative Revisions and Relative Valuation: Valuation continues to be expensive, but we think investors are likely to continue to pay a premium for Twitter (TWTR) given 1) continued turnaround progress and 2) platform scarcity,” noted Brian Nowak, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Execution Risk Remains Around Driving Advertiser ROI: Advertiser ROI has clearly improved on Twitter, but the company needs to improve ad targeting and measurability to compete with the larger players. To do that it will have to further personalize the content that users see and use its data more effectively, both of which remain key strategic challenges (and priorities) for management.”

PEPSICO: The Harrison, New York-based global food and beverage leader is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings of $1.52 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 3% from $1.47 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The U.S. multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation would post revenue growth of about 9% to $24.35 billion. It is worth noting that the company has consistently beaten consensus earnings estimates in the last two years, at least.

The company revised its organic revenue growth to 8% from 6% previously. The company estimates core earnings of $6.20 per share for 2021, compared to $5.52 in 2020, according to ZACKS Research.

PepsiCo struggles with supply-chain headwinds that have caused it to increase costs and limit its output. Investors will want to know whether the beverage company is winning this battle when it reports its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021 on Thursday, February 10.

“For the quarter, we are expecting PepsiCo (PEP) to deliver EPS of $1.47, which implies flat YoY growth and is 4 pennies below consensus EPS of $1.51. Our $1.47 4Q21 estimate implies FY21 EPS of $6.20, which is at the low end of management’s expectation to deliver “at least” $6.20 in EPS and may ultimately prove conservative given PepsiCo’s (PEP) history of outperforming expectations. Since 1Q18, we can see that PEP’s reported EPS has come in above consensus in 14 out of the past 15 quarters, with an average upside surprise of+5%,” noted Vivien Azer, equity analyst at Cowen.

“As we are already almost a month into the new year, all eyes will be on PepsiCo’s (PEP) initial FY22 guidance. As a reminder, on the last earnings call management noted that at the time they expected FY22 performance to be in line with its stated long-term targets, which means MSD (+4-6%) organic revenue growth and HSD core constant currency EPS growth.”

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TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
AZN AstraZeneca $0.78
EXPE Expedia Group $-0.01
GDDY GoDaddy $0.41
K Kellogg $0.8
MCO Moody’s $2.3
PEP PepsiCo $1.52
TWTR Twitter $0.16
WU Western Union $0.53

 

Friday (February 11)

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
APO Apollo Global Management $1.08
D Dominion Energy $0.93
FTS Fortis $0.58
MGA Magna International $0.81

 

Tesla Price Prediction: A Blow-off Top Followed by Epic Collapse

  • Hertz Announced an initial order of 100,000 Tesla’s to be filled by year-end 2022.
  • Tesla skyrocketed from a $913-billion market cap (October 22, 2021) to $1.21 trillion.
  • The bullish response added $300 billion, implying a $3-million price tag per vehicle ordered (not sold).

Tesla Daily Chart

Tesla shares skyrocketed above $1000 on the Hertz announcement. Tesla is now worth more than all the auto manufacturers combined. More on that later.

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Tesla Market Cap

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Gross Profit

Let’s say Tesla makes a generous $20,000 profit per vehicle ($20,000 X 100,000). That indicates a gross profit of $2 billion, far shy of the $300-billion increase. What is going on here?

Ford Motor Company

By comparison, Ford Motor Company currently sports a $72-billion market cap, so Tesla adding $300 billion in market cap is like adding four (4) Ford Motor Companies.

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Major Auto Companies by Market Cap

Below is a quick rundown of all major auto manufacturers by current market cap. Tesla is worth more than all and sells less than 1% of the vehicles.

With a market cap of $1.21 trillion, TSLA is trading at a 25% premium above all auto manufacturers on the planet!

Tesla looks, acts, and smells like a bubble. The question is…when will it pop?

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International Opposition Mounts Over Proposed U.S. EV Tax Credit

A group of 25 ambassadors to Washington wrote U.S. lawmakers and the Biden administration late Friday saying “limiting eligibility for the credit to vehicles based on their U.S. domestic assembly and local content is inconsistent with U.S. commitments made under WTO multilateral agreements.”

The U.S. Congress is considering a new $12,500 tax credit that would include $4,500 for union-made U.S. electric vehicles and $500 for U.S.-made batteries. Only U.S. built vehicles would be eligible for the $12,500 credit after 2027, under a House proposal released this week.

Canada and Mexico have issued separate statements in the last week opposing the plan. The U.S. State Department declined to comment Saturday and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The proposal is backed by President Joe Biden, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and many congressional Democrats, but opposed by major international automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, Honda Motor Co, Hyundai Motor Co and BMW AG.

A dozen foreign automakers wrote California’s two senators on Friday urging them to abandon the plan that they said would discriminate against the state.

UAW President Ray Curry said the provision will “create and preserve tens of thousands of UAW members’ jobs” and “would be a win for auto manufacturing workers.”

The EV tax credits would cost $15.6 billion over 10 years and disproportionately benefit Detroit’s Big Three automakers – General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler-parent Stellantis NV – which assemble their U.S.-made vehicles in union-represented plants.

The ambassadors that also include Poland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Finland, Romania and Greece said the legislation would harm international automakers.

They said it “would violate international trade rules, disadvantage hard-working Americans employed by these automakers, and undermine the efforts of these automakers to expand the U.S. EV consumer market to achieve the (Biden) administration’s climate goals.”

The letter added it “puts U.S. trading partners at a disadvantage.”

Autoworkers at the foreign automakers in the countries that wrote are nearly all unionized but not in the United States.

“Our governments support workers’ right to organize. It is a fundamental right and should not be used in the framework of tax incentives, setting aside the opportunities for nearly half of America autoworkers,” they wrote.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Diane Craft)

Tesla Vehicle Deliveries Hit Another Record in Q3, Beats Analysts’ Estimates

Tesla has weathered the chip crisis better than rivals, with its overall deliveries surging 20% in the July to September period from its previous record in the second quarter, marking the sixth consecutive quarter-on-quarter gains. .

In China, rising exports to Europe and the introduction of a cheaper Model Y helped boost Tesla’s production, analysts said.

Musk said Tesla suffered an extremely severe parts shortage earlier in the third quarter and had urged employees to make quarter-end delivery push, Reuters reported last month, citing an internal company email.

“The end of quarter delivery wave is unusually high this time,” he said in the email.

Tesla delivered 241,300 vehicles globally in the July to September quarter, up 73% from a year earlier. Analysts had expected the electric-car maker to deliver 229,242 vehicles, according to Refinitiv data.

General Motors, Honda and some of its bigger rivals posted declines in U.S. sales in the third quarter, hit by a prolonged chip shortage. GM’s third-quarter U.S. sales fell nearly 33% to its lowest level in more than a decade.

Tesla said it delivered 232,025 of its Model 3 compact cars and Model Y sport-utility vehicles and 9,275 of its flagship Model S and Model X cars to customers in the quarter.

Total production in the third quarter rose over 15% to 237,823 vehicles from the prior quarter.

CHINA

Gary Black, portfolio manager at the Future Fund and a Tesla bull, said that Tesla’s deliveries were driven by record deliveries in China, which was “putting to rest any notion China demand is slowing.”

Tesla faces scrutiny from both regulators and the public and growing competition from local rivals.

Tesla has not released its September China sales yet, and in August, its Shanghai factory exported more than two thirds of its vehicles to Europe and Asian countries.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Juby Babu and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru and Hyunjoo Jin in SAN FRANCISCO Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Honda, Nissan Saw China Sales Tumble in June

Honda sold 118,168 cars in China in June, down 17% from a year earlier. Nissan said in a statement that it sold 114,605 vehicles in China last month, down 16.3%.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said on Monday that it expects vehicle sales in China to hit 1.93 million units in June, down 16.3% from a year earlier.

Separately, General Motors Co, which only reports quarterly China sales, said it sold over 750,000 between April and June, up 5.2% from the same period last year.

(Reporting by Yilei Sun and Tony Munroe; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Honda Hopes New Civic Hatchback to Be Basis for More Efficient Cars

The eleventh generation model of the Civic reflects Honda’s company-wide initiative dubbed Honda Architecture, which is aimed to increase the efficiency of development and to expand parts-sharing for mass-produced cars.

Yosuke Sato, development leader for Japan’s second biggest automaker, told reporters this month the company utilised Honda Architecture to increase efficiency when developing the Civic’s engine compartment by integrating parts and arrangements for components such as an inlet air cooler.

“Successor car models will overall become more efficient,” Sato said.

Honda said in 2019 that it expected to reduce the number of man-hours spent on developing mass-production models by 30% by 2025 to accelerate its research and development in new technologies such as electrification and autonomous driving.

Honda has sold more than 27 million Civic vehicles worldwide across 10 different generational models since it was introduced in 1972. The Civic is one of Honda’s top-selling cars in the United states.

The new Civic will offer features such as advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies.

While the Civic will be offered with the choice of a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission this time, the carmaker said it plans to roll-out hybrid and sporty type-R versions next year.

Sales of the new Civic will start this fall in Japan and the United States, the company said, with the price to be revealed in August.

(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu; Editing by Robert Birsel)