Best Investments for 2013
Ford said February sales picked up as the month progressed, while GM's February sales decline of 1% was far better than expected. Auto investors applauded both performances.
When the winter air warms and all of that snow turns to rain, it helps to transfer power from slippery wheels to grippy ones. Here are the most affordable ways to keep traction.
BlackBerry shares are rising Monday after reports surfaced that the Ontario-based company will take over Ford's disappointing Sync voice-activated system.
A car doesn't have to be famous or particularly well-liked to be iconic, it just has to be tough to drive out of drivers' memories. The Prius and Hummer fall on opposite ends of that spectrum.
Sometimes in all the chatter about the decline of the city of Detroit and the decline of commercial aviation's Midwest hubs, the story of Detroit Metro Airport gets lost.
GM reported weak sales in December and January, missed fourth-quarter estimates, drew reduced future estimates, has big inventories and has raised incentives. None of these are good signs.
GM earns 67 cents a share excluding items in the fourth quarter, while analysts had estimated 87 cents.
The stock market's slide Monday was partially attributed to weak January auto sales. But that weakness reflected harsh winter weather, which theoretically will end.
Chrysler beats the industry's January sales trend and scores with a Super Bowl commercial: Ford says it lost sales due to bad weather, but can make them up.
Chrysler reports an 8% sales gains for January, a month when auto sales are expected to be flat.
When the snow is falling and nobody's buying, dealers and automakers get the urge to drop prices. Having a few models with futures in flux tends to make automakers tamp down costs as well.
Automakers spend huge amounts on the NFL's biggest game, with largely mixed results.
The world's largest companies don't have to be NFL sponsors to buy ad time for Super Bowl XLVIII, but it does help to spend wisely and often.
Sears, Red Lobster and MillerCoors are among the big names that could use a big-game boost to overcome an abysmal year of business.
These aren't the cars that get hearts racing, but their price and growing number of standard tech features are about as exciting as these practical rides get.
Tesla Motors' presence in New Jersey will be severely hampered, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration goes back on its word in a fight against the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR).
It should go without saying that the better a company engages its brand with consumers, the better sales will be. Course the opposite is also true - companies that have poor brand engagement are likely suffering from sales declines and probably larger strategic and financial issues.
J.C. Penney was a leading decliner within the retail industry, falling $0.26 (-3.0%) to $8.42 on average volume
McKesson was a leading decliner within the wholesale industry, falling $1.90 (-1.0%) to $180.50 on average volume
Harley-Davidson was a leading decliner within the automotive industry, falling $0.70 (-1.0%) to $67.41 on average volume
Sears Holdings Corporation was a winner within the retail industry, rising $2.72 (6.0%) to $47.97 on average volume
Magna International was a winner within the wholesale industry, rising $1.19 (1.2%) to $97.50 on average volume
Dick's Sporting Goods was a winner within the specialty retail industry, rising $0.73 (1.4%) to $54.33 on average volume
Douglas Dynamics (PLOW) is moving higher in extended trading after quarterly earnings and sales came in better than expected.
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