Demand for Automobiles Growing in the U.S.
MAY 11, 2012 - 08:20 ET
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Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on General Motors and Honda Motor Co.
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 11, 2012) - U.S. auto sales have seen an impressive rise in 2012 as an improving economy and high gas prices have boosted demand for newer and more fuel efficient vehicles. The boost in the economy has allowed consumers to replace aging vehicles, which many had delayed during the recent economic downturn. Currently, the average vehicle on the road is a record 10.8 years old. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Auto Manufacturers Industry and provides equity research on General Motors Company (
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The industry continues to gain momentum despite high fuel prices and concerns of global economic issues. Sales for new vehicles in April rose 2.3 percent to 1.18 million according to researcher Autodata. The seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 14.4 million beat the estimate of 14.3 million of 15 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. "Demand for automobiles is helping propel production," Jack Ablin, chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank in Chicago, wrote in an e-mail. "We expect this trend to continue even in the face of moderating economic winds abroad."
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General Motors recently announced first quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.0 billion, or $0.60 per fully diluted share. These results include a net loss from special items related to goodwill impairment that reduced net income by $0.6 billion, or $0.33 per fully diluted share. Net revenue in the first quarter of 2012 was $37.8 billion, an increase of $1.6 billion compared with the first quarter of 2011.
Honda Motor recently announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. Despite the unfavorable currency effects due to the appreciation of the Japanese yen and increase in R&D expenses, consolidated operating income for the fiscal fourth quarter (January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012) amounted to 111.9 billion yen, approximately 2.4 times greater than the same period of last year.
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