Automobiles and Components


  • Moonshine & Motor Sports Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 9:46 AM ET

    It's the way NASCAR began: dirt roads, fast cars and illegal booze.Running moonshine, 'corn liquor,' to outrun the law was the training ground for most of the early NASCAR drivers: the Richard Petty's, the Junior Johnson's.Now it's all come full circle. Junior Johnson is helping sell legal moonshine.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Tate & Lyle Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 12:35 PM ET

    Sugar and sweetener producer Tate & Lyle was the biggest loser on the FTSE-100, falling 6.2%, despite posting a 14% rise in full-year profit.

  • Contest Stocks: FMT "Homes In" As Best Performer Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 12:19 PM ET

    Here's our latest contest "stock report." Mortgage finance company FMT is back in the news--as a best performer, thought it's been gone for a while as one of the most widely held, it's in the most active list. And GIGM turned into a negative play with news the company sees slower growth ahead. Here you go..

  • High Gas Prices and What We Drive Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 11:23 AM ET
    Chicago Gas Prices

    As I filled up this morning outside Chicago, the price for a gallon of gas was $3.65 -- among the highest prices in the country. You'd think that would send people running to auto dealers to trade in their 8-cylinder car for a fuel-efficient four-banger. Well, that hasn't exactly happened.

  • AutoZone Third-Quarter Earnings Rise 5% Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 7:54 AM ET

    AutoZone, the largest U.S. auto parts retail chain, posted a 5% rise in quarterly earnings Tuesday as sales at existing U.S. stores edged higher.

  • Jeff Mishlove: A Bull-Market Momentum Strategy Monday, 21 May 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Hey folks, we have guest blogger Jeff Mishlove with some thoughts for the final week of the contest. Here's his post: One week ago, I recommended a momentum strategy based upon selecting stocks that had been surging in price during the past three months. At that time, I recommended five stocks: SCHN, NTRI, FCX, LRCX and VCLM. I see that four out of these five stocks are now up for the week.

  • DaimlerChrysler has assumed a $1 billion risk from Chrysler should its pension plans be terminated before an agreement with U.S. agency Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) expires in five years.

  • Daimler's Stock May Rise Without Chrysler: Barron's Monday, 21 May 2007 | 4:21 AM ET

    The stock of DaimlerChrysler may continue the rise that began last year, freed from the burden of Chrysler, Barron's reported in its May 21 edition.

  • Singing Crow Friday, 18 May 2007 | 2:18 PM ET

    The Sierra Club is asking U.S. automakers to build cars with something called an integrated starter-generator. Why? Well, to lower the idling time in cars of course. It would save gasoline, cut down on greenhouse emissions and help combat global warming. The lovely and talented Sheryl Crow recently called for a ban on excessive toilet paper use. I'm not sure about the calculus on this one -- but somehow that's supposed to combat global warming too.

  • Contest Finals: Leaderboard "Shuffle" In Top Spots Friday, 18 May 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    Good morning all. Big changes on the leaderboard for the contest finals. Steven Lee (that's his picture) jumps from 12th place on Wednesday to take the lead by gaining $182K with Acxiom Corp. which was up 18.08% Thursday. And Mary Williams continues her climb from 4th place Wednesday to take 2nd place--with another big gain on Ctrip.com that added $87K to her portfolio. Serge Amelyan falls into 4th place from first and Stephen Luchko is down in 6th place from 2nd.

  • DaimlerChrysler to Reduce Debt Sharply: Report Friday, 18 May 2007 | 3:59 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler will use the repayment of intercompany loans to reduce its debt sharply once the sale of its U.S. arm Chrysler closes, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber told a newspaper.

  • General Motors' Rick Wagoner said he expected more consolidation in the U.S. auto industry and indicated a merger of GM's former financial arm GMAC was possible.

  • Toyota: Moving Forward to Dominate the U.S. Market Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    If history is any indication, Cerberus Capital will be slashing Chrysler down in size, making this Japanese automaker the last large car company left in America. He thinks it’s the only play worth considering in the sector. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Daimler To Go It Alone After Chrysler Deal: WSJ Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 7:33 AM ET

    The rump of DaimlerChrysler will do its best to stay independent once the sale of U.S. arm Chrysler goes through, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

  • Quanex Shares Soar on Spin-off Comments Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

    Quanex said it was exploring alternatives for its building products group, including a tax-free spin-off, sale or joint venture, sending shares to an all-time high.

  • Ford "Flex"es its Appeal Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 11:21 AM ET
    Funkmaster Flex

    Ford has signed Funkmaster Flex -- a popular hip-hop DJ and personality on New York City's Hot 97 radio station -- as a company pitchman for its Ford Flex Expedition, and as host of a new TV show where regular Joes compete in customizing one of the company's SUVs. This is a smart move by Ford for a couple reasons. First, Flex's popularity with younger car buyers can help the company gain some much needed buzz on the new Flex CUV. Second, it's another case of Ford trying to break out with a new approach.

  • FirstGroup Profit Up 11%, Laidlaw Deal on Track Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 4:53 AM ET

    Britain's biggest bus service company, FirstGroup, reported an 11% increase in underlying yearly profit on Wednesday, and said the new financial year had started well.

  • After its sale to Cerberus Capital Management, Chrysler will focus more aggressively on product development and pursuing joint ventures and partnerships with automakers overseas, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Diversified manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand  is reviewing a sale or spinoff of Bobcat as it shifts away from capital-intense heavy machinery.

  • LaSorda's Turnaround: Now Comes The Test Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    Talk about a sign of the times. Monday, DaimlerChrysler essentially pays money to unload the Chrysler division. Tuesday, Chrysler posts a first quarter loss of $1.98 Billion. Good thing Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda has such an upbeat outlook on things, otherwise he'd really be depressed at how far his company has fallen.