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Chicago, IL – May 17, 2012 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Daimler AG ( ( DDAIF ) ), General Motors Company ( ( GM - Analyst Report ) ), Ford Motor Co. ( ( F - Analyst Report ) ), Toyota Motor Corp. ( ( TM - Analyst Report ) ) and Nissan Motor Co. ( ( NSANY ) ).
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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:
Europe Car Sales Dip on Weak Economy
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association or ACEA reported a 6.5% fall in car sales to 1.06 million units in April as consumers stayed away from showrooms in a weak economy triggered by the sovereign-debt crisis in the Euro-zone.
Most of the major markets recorded a double-digit fall in new car registrations in the continent during the month, except Germany and U.K.
Sales in Italy dipped 18% to 129,663 vehicles, Spain plunged 22% to 56,250 units and France slid 1.9% to 166,552 units. However, sales in Germany scaled up 2.9% to 274,066 units and in U.K. rose 3.3% to 142,322 units.
All the major automakers except Daimler AG ( ( DDAIF ) ) and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (“BMW”), posted declines in sales. Both Daimler and BMW benefited from higher sales of premium brands in Germany.
Among the U.S. automakers, General Motors Company ( ( GM - Analyst Report ) ) posted an 11.1% fall in sales to 85,493 units, driven by lower Opel/Vauxhall (16.9%) and GM brand (50%) sales while Ford Motor Co. ( ( F - Analyst Report ) ) saw an 8.3% drop in sales to 79,223 units.
However, sales at the world’s largest luxury carmaker BMW rose 2.6% to 68,334 units while sales at Daimler grew 1.1% to 56,677 vehicles. The improvement in sales was led by strong demand for their premium luxury lineups such as BMW brand and Mercedes-Benz.
Automakers are still concerned about car sales in Europe in the near term due to the continuous negative impact (such as lower consumer confidence) from the debt crisis. Some automakers have projected that the European auto market will shrink 5% in 2012.
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