It is expected that the unfortunate Japan crisis will impact production of and availability of certain vehicles in the second and third quarters, both in Japan and abroad. However, the automobile manufacturer's sub-industry looks positive due to a potential global demand in 2011. Despite the persistent risks in this industry and perceived rising raw material, oil and gasoline prices, it is estimated steady improvement overall. The prosperity may be a directly related to emerging market demand, led by China, which should drive global demand growth, partly offset by weaker European demand.
Equity Markets has reviewed Ford Motor Company as a leading producer of cars and trucks. Ford and its subsidiaries are also engaged in other businesses, including financing vehicles. During 2010, it acquired the remaining interest in S.C. Automobile Craiova SA, thereby holding 100% interest. Ford's total revenues rising in the mid-single digits in 2011, due to gains in the U.S., China, and most non-European regions, partly offset by the absence of Volvo and Mercury brand sales. The expectations imply mid-decade earnings per share of about $3, up from consensus estimates of $1.93 in 2011 and $2.02 in 2012, according to Thomson Reuters. The full research report on Ford Motor Company (
Equity Markets is covering General Motors as it is the world's second largest manufacturer of cars and trucks and the largest in the U.S. The company entered bankruptcy protection on June 1, 2009, and on July 10, 2009, the current successor company acquired substantially all the assets and assumed certain liabilities of the Old GM. However, Global vehicle sales and production should rise in 2011, and GM's revenues should advance about 10%. As of March 31, 2011, General Motors had available liquidity of $36.5 billion and long- and short-term debt aggregating $5.0 billion. The full research report on General Motors (
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