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9:53 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Claudia Assis
GM stock zooms to record, pushes $50Shares of General Motors Co. were poised to hit a record close on Tuesday, rallying 6% alongside the broader market and with an extra push from electric-vehicle initiatives unveiled earlier Tuesday. GM stock traded as high as $48.95, an intraday record based on available data going back to November 2010. The last time GM hit a record close, based on the same data, was October 2017. The auto maker earlier Tuesday announced a new business, called BrightDrop, to offer an "ecosystem" of electric products, software and services to help delivery companies transport goods more efficiently. Shares of GM have gained around 38% in the past 12 months compared with gains around 16% for the S&P 500 index in the same period.
5:12 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
GM stock surges into record territory after unveiling of new electric transport-services business BrightDropShares of General Motors Co. moved 6.4% higher and into record territory Tuesday after the automobile maker announced a new business called BrightDrop, which GM said will offer and ecosystem of electric products, software and services to help delivery companies transport goods more efficiently. BrightDrop's first product, available in early 2021, will be an electric pallet called EP1. An EP1 pilot program, in partnership with FedEx Corp.'s FedEx Express, has already been completed, with EP1s helping FedEx Express couriers handle 25% more packages per day. The second BrightDrop product, available for order in early 2022, will be the EV600, an electric light commercial vehicle built to deliver goods over long ranges. The EV600 is expected to have an estimated range of up to 250 miles, with a charge rate of 170 miles of range per hour. GM's stock has soared 48.7% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 7.6%.
4:10 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Emily Bary
Synchrony CEO Keane to step down from post in April, to be succeeded by company presidentSynchrony announced Tuesday morning that Chief Executive Margaret Keane will be stepping down from that post at the beginning of April. She'll be replaced as CEO by Brian Doubles, who currently serves at Synchrony's president. Keane was Synchrony's first CEO since the independent company was created in 2014 as a spinoff from General Electric Co. , and she'll be moving to the role of executive chair for Synchrony's board of directors. Synchrony shares have gained 26% in the past three months as the S&P 500 has risen 7.5%
11:12 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Claudia Assis
Nio to offer $1.3 billion in convertible notes Nio Inc. said late Monday it will offer $1.3 billion in convertible notes, split into $650 million in notes due 2026 and $650 million due the year after. Net proceeds will go mostly to general corporate purposes and "to further strengthen its cash and balance sheet positions," the China-based electric-car maker said. Nio's American depositary receipts ended at a record $62.70 on Monday, up more than 7%. On its "Nio Day" on Saturday, the company unveiled its newest vehicle, an electric luxury sedan, and announced some technology advances. Nio's ADRs have gained about 1,700% in the past 12 months, compared with gains around 16% for the S&P 500 index.
1:39 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
10 Biden tax plans that will sail through a Democratic-controlled Senate, and Congress looks to resume confirmation of Biden victory after protesters storm Capitol Wednesday’s top personal finance storiesWednesday’s top personal finance stories
2:10 p.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The $900 billion COVID stimulus bill extends several tax write-offs and how to get the most college financial aid for your child Wednesday's top personal finance stories Wednesday's top personal finance storiesWednesday's top personal finance stories
8:58 a.m. Dec. 19, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help your portfolio if there’s a Santa Claus rally — or notThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
4:23 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's stock bounces toward snapping 3-day losing streak after Deutsche Bank boosts price targetShares of General Electric Co. bounced 1.2% in premarket trading Tuesday, putting them on track for the first gain in four sessions, after Deutsche Bank analyst Nicole DeBlase raised her price target on the industrial conglomerate, saying she's "cautiously optimistic" on the macroeconomic outlook. DeBlase kept her rating at hold, but boosted her target to $13, which is 20% above Monday's closing price, from $9. DeBlase said her reasons for optimism included the efficacy and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine at a time of a surge in new cases, the coming balance of power in the U.S. government and a potential moderation in U.S./China trade tensions. Separately, retirement services company Athene Holding Ltd. announced Tuesday a pension buyout agreement with GE, in which GE is transferring about $1.7 billion in pension obligations to Athene. GE's stock, which has shed 4.9% amid a 3-day losing streak through Monday, has run up 77.5% over the past three months through Monday, while the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF has gained 11.3% and the S&P 500 has tacked on 7.2%.
8:48 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's stock surges again toward a 4-day win streak, after a record monthly rally in NovemberShares of General Electric Co. climbed 1.5% in afternoon trading, putting them on track to close above the $11 mark for the first time in nine months. The stock has now gained 8.8% amid a four-day win streak, which was helped along by from Oppenheimer analyst Christopher Glynn on Friday. The recent gains follow a record-setting November for the industrial conglomerate's stock, in which it soared 37.2% to mark the biggest monthly gain FactSet has on record, which goes back to January 1972. In recent weeks, analysts have touted GE as both given its exposure to the aerospace sector and a company that given its GE Healthcare businesses. GE stock's November gain compares with the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF's 16.0% rally last month and the S&P 500's 10.8% gain.
2:41 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife pushed me into buying a home because she provided two-thirds of the down payment. Now I’m stuck in a house I hate ‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light’‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light.’
3:33 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Nikola's stock tumbles to put record 8-day win streak in dangerShares of Nikola Corp. dropped 16.1% in premarket trading Wednesday, putting them on track to snap a record eight-day win streak in which the electric truck maker's stock rocketed 76.3%. In an interview late Tuesday on CNBC's "Mad Money with Jim Cramer," Chief Executive Mark Russell did not reassure investors that partnership with General Motors Corp. announced in September, which included , would still go through, . Also in the interview, Russell said he could not comment on what Founder Trevor Milton, , would do with 92.2 million shares of the Nikola common stock he owned when the lock-up expires on Dec. 1, although many other insiders have agreed to . In total, 161 million shares, or roughly 42% of the common stock outstanding, will become eligible for sale on Dec. 1 as lock-up agreements expire. Nikola's stock selloff Wednesday comes as shares of other electric vehicle makers are pulling back ahead of the open, with Tesla Inc. down 1.5%, Nio Inc. shedding 8.8% and Workhorse Group Inc. sliding 9.4%. Meanwhile, futures for the Nasdaq 100 are up 0.1% ahead of the open and S&P 500 futures are down 0.1%.
3:49 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE warns of more job cuts in its jet-engine unit--WSJGeneral Electric Co. warned its employees, in an internal video message ahead of ahead of Thanksgiving, that the industrial conglomerate's jet-engine business will have to cut more jobs, . The cuts are needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the commercial air travel industry, as any vaccine wouldn't come as soon as the industry needs, the WSJ report said. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report said John Slattery, chief executive of GE Aviation, said the unit would need to shrink over the next 18 months given the difficult business conditions. GE's stock rose 4.2% in premarket trading Tuesday, putting it on track to open at the highest price seen during regular-session hours since March 5. It has soared 51.9% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 4.5%.
2:56 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Boeing, GE stocks get a boost from upbeat news on potential COVID-19 vaccineShares of aerospace giant Boeing Co. ran up 4.1%, enough to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's premarket gainers, after Moderna Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate . Just prior to Moderna's news, Boeing's stock was up about 1.7%. General Electric Co.'s stock surged 3.7% ahead of the open, after being up about 1.6% prior to Moderna's news. GE makes engines used in commercial airplanes. Even before Moderna's news, Vertical Research Partners analyst Robert Stallard said he was shifting to a positive stance on aerospace, as he said he believed the "tide has now turned" on COVID-19. He said that while the path of the recovery may be bumpy, he believes the overall trajectory for aviation over the next year will be positive, and that aerospace stocks are poised to do "much better" in 2021. Among others in the sector, shares of Raytheon Technologies Corp. rallied 2.8% in premarket trading and Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. charged up 10.9%.
9:39 a.m. Nov. 13, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
GM recalls some Chevy Bolt EVs due to potential for battery firesGeneral Motors Co. said Friday it is voluntarily recalling some of its all-electric Chevy Bolts made between 2017 and 2019 following a Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into a few reports about "potential fires." GM said it had already been investigating these reports in cooperation with NHTSA. The incidents appeared to surface when the vehicles were at or close to full charge, and GM is asking some owners to limit charge levels in some model years. Shares of GM kept their gains on Friday, looking to end the week 9% higher. The stock has gained 12% this year, compared with gains around 11% for the S&P 500 index.
12:01 a.m. Nov. 11, 2020 - By Philip Reed
With so many EVs on the market, is it time for you to buy an electric car? Even pickup trucks are going electric. Ask yourself these questions to see if it’s time to kick the gasoline habitElectric cars now drive farther, charge faster and come in nearly every price range. Should you get one?
1:17 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
AT&T CEO Stankey to leave UPS boardUnited Parcel Service Inc. said late Tuesday that AT&T Inc. Chief Executive John Stankey has left the logistics company's board "to focus on his responsibilities" at AT&T. Stankey had served on the board since 2014. Joining UPS board are Microsoft Corp. President Kate Johnson and General Electric Co.'s GE Aviation Services Chief Executive Russell Stokes, UPS said. Shares of UPS gained 0.3% in the extended session Tuesday after ending the regular trading day up 2.5%.
9:43 a.m. Nov. 1, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister moved from New York to our mom’s house due to COVID-19. She saved $11K in rent and expenses. Is that fair? ‘My sister will likely stay at home until at least next spring, and will continue to save on rent and many other living expenses that I have to pay each month’‘My sister will likely stay at home until at least next spring, and will continue to save on rent and many other living expenses that I have to pay each month.’
2:27 a.m. Oct. 29, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Pandemic sets record case numbers across the U.S. as White House suggests the crisis is over U.S. has counted a record 500,000 new cases in the past week, and hospitals in isolated areas of the Midwest are rapidly fillingThe coronavirus pandemic continued to set records across the U.S. on Wednesday, even as the administration of President Donald Trump touted its first-term accomplishments in a news release that suggested it had ended the crisis that has cost more than 226,000 American lives and shows no signs of abating.
10:00 a.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's stock surges toward a more-than 4-month high, after report of potential asset saleShares of General Electric Co. charged up 5.2% in afternoon trading Thursday, putting them on track to close at the highest price in more than four months, amid a Bloomberg report that the industrial conglomerate could sell off its majority stake in a steam power business in China. , that state-owned Wuhan Boiler Group Co. is considering buying GE's 51% stake in Wuhan Boiler Co., in a deal that could value GE's stake at a few hundred million dollars. GE's stock, which is headed for the highest close since June 9, has now soared 23.6% in October, making it the best month-to-date performer among the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF's components. Meanwhile, the industrials ETF has gained 4.9% this month and the S&P 500 has tacked on 2.7%.
5:07 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Nikola's stock surges after GM president said on CNBC he sees 'spectacular' opportunity in partnershipShares of Nikola Corp. surged 4.7% in morning trading Wednesday, after General Motors Corp. President Mark Reuss said on CNBC that he saw a "spectacular" opportunity to work with the battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicle maker. The shares had run up as much as 8.3% after the open before paring gains. amid concerns that much-celebrated partnership with GM was on the rocks. that GM continues to "work the opportunity," and that the opportunity to put its fuel cells into Class 7 and Class 8 trucks would be "spectacular." GM's stock edged up 0.8% in morning trading. Over the past three months, Nikola's stock has tumbled 45.4% while the S&P 500 has gained 6.3%.
7:09 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
GM to modify Tennessee plant to build electric vehiclesGeneral Motors Co. said Tuesday it will transition a Tennessee plant to become the company's third electric-vehicle manufacturing site, joining two factories in Michigan. GM also confirmed investments in five Michigan plants, including those in Lansing and Flint for future crossover and full-size pickup production. The new Cadillac Lyriq will be the first EV produced at the Tennessee plant, which would continue to build traditionally powered Cadillac vehicles as well. The facility investments will total more than $2 billion, GM said.
3:09 a.m. Oct. 19, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Nikola stock extends selloff, but J.P. Morgan said GM partnership still likelyShares of Nikola Corp. fell 1.2% in premarket trading Monday, even as J.P. Morgan analyst Paul Coster reiterated his overweight rating on the electric vehicle maker as he tried to assuage concerns that . could fall apart. Nikola's stock had tumbled 16.1% on Friday, after Nikola Chief Executive Mark Russell that the company could manage if GM decides to walk away from the deal, but would cancel plans to produce the Badger truck. Coster said he believes Nikola and GM are still likely to enter a strategic partnership by Dec. 3. "Nikola needs access to GM's supply-chain, engineering resource, the Ultium battery and Hydrotec fuel cells to de-risk the Class 8 truck initiative," Coster wrote in a note to clients. "GM needs to realize a return on billions of dollars of investment in Hydrogen fuel cells, and Nikola might be the best available option." Nikola's stock has tumbled 60.0% over the past three months through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.0%.
9:59 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
New Fortress Energy's stock shoots toward a record after announcing new hydrogen projectShares of New Fortress Energy LLC shot up 6.5% toward a record high, after the clean energy company announced it was partnering with General Electric Co. part of a new hydrogen project. Evercore ISI analyst Sean Morgan said that project marks "the first concrete step" taken by New Fortress's new green hydrogen division, known as "Zero." Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Ohio is working with New Fortress and GE on its plans to transition its 485 megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen, with commercial operations planned for November 2021. "The announcement marks the first tangible proof that [New Fortress] is making progress on its pledge to transition from low-carbon [liquid natural gas] to no-carbon renewable green hydrogen by 2030," Morgan wrote in a note to clients. He reiterated his outperform rating on New Fortress and stock price target of $48. The stock, which closed at a record $48.28 on Oct. 7, has more than tripled (up 214.0%) year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.6%.
4:11 a.m. Oct. 12, 2020 - By Katie Marriner
Trump raised 5 times as much money from America’s top CEOs as Biden Thirty S&P 500 CEOs vote for Biden with their wallet, though they don’t contribute as much as Trump’s 15 doAs the Nov. 3 election sparks record spending, here’s how the CEOs of S&P 500 companies are helping to fund the war chests of President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden, while also contributing to other Republican and Democratic politicians.
4:06 a.m. Oct. 12, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
A Barrett court would continue Trump’s deregulatory agenda long after he’s left the White House, experts say Amy Coney Barrett is likely to be a pro-business justice, if confirmedJudge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court has brought the public’s attention to divisive social issues like abortion rights, but replacing the late Justice Ginsburg with a more conservative voice could have an equally important effect on business regulation and the economy.
4:44 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's stock surges again, after Goldman Sachs analyst says fundamentals are 'at a bottom'Shares of General Electric Co. surged 3.4% in morning trading Friday, after Goldman Sachs analyst Joe Ritchie's bullish call on the industrial conglomerate, saying he believes GE's fundamentals have bottomed out. Ritchie resumed coverage of GE with a buy rating and stock price target of $10, which is 47% above current levels. GE was 'not rated' at Goldman since February 2019, as the bank was acting in an advisory capacity, and was rated neutral before that. "Admittedly, we might be a little early on the turn in the stock, but we believe we are at a bottom from both a fundamental and sentiment perspective, and that is typically the best time to own industrial cyclicals," Ritchie wrote in a note to clients. "Our base case assumption is that a vaccine will be mass distributed over the next 12 months and, under this scenario, we believe the second derivative improvement on the resumption of air travel will be significant and many of the underlying concerns on GE's balance sheet will fall to the background." The stock has now run up 11.5% over the past three days, after the stock dropped earlier after the company . The stock has still lost 38.4% year to date, while the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF has slipped 0.6% and the S&P 500 has gained 7.3%.
12:03 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Allyson Harwood
When does the electric Ford F-150 pickup go on sale, and how much will it cost? Advantages include: savings on fuel and maintenance, more storage, quick acceleration and more torque and horsepowerA lot of companies are entering the all-electric truck market, but the most important one to mainstream truck buyers is Ford.
9:31 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's 'Wells notice' is a 'credit negative' but doesn't change the rating for now, Moody's saysShares of General Electric Co. bounced 13 cents, or 2.1%, in afternoon trading Wednesday, to retrace a little more than half of the previous session's selloff, which came after the industrial conglomerate disclosed the from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moody's Investors Service said the "Wells notice" is a "credit negative" for GE, as it highlights lingering risks of contingent liabilities, but it doesn't affect the company's ratings "at this time." Moody's rates GE's senior unsecured debt at Baa1, which is 3 notches above speculative grade, or "junk" territory. The outlook for the rating is negative. GE's stock sank 24 cents, or 3.7%, on Tuesday, after the company said it received notice that the SEC staff investigating GE's revenue recognition practices and internal controls was considering recommending the SEC bring a civil action against GE for possible violations of securities laws. The stock has lost 43.6% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has slipped 0.8%.
1:45 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE’s stock falls off a cliff after ‘Wells notice’ disclosure GE shares swing from a gain of nearly 2% to a loss of more than 4% in a half-hour as SEC ponders civil actionShares of General Electric Co. took a sudden dive Tuesday afternoon, after the industrial conglomerate disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering civil action against the company for possible securities law violations.
12:02 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Andy Bornhop
Review: The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class The new sedan has a powerful engine, is packed with safety and driver-assist tech, and the heated and cooled front seats have 10 different massaging programsMercedes has poured much of its mechanical prowess and technical might into this large, luxurious machine
9:29 a.m. Oct. 6, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
GE's stock takes a dive after disclosing receipt of 'Wells notice' from SEC staffShares of General Electric Co. took a dive in afternoon trading Tuesday, after the industrial conglomerate disclosed that it received a "Wells notice" from the Securities and Exchange Commission related to an investigation into revenue recognition practices. The notice advises GE that the SEC staff is considering recommending a civil injunctive action against the company for possible violations of securities laws. The stock sank 3.2%, after being up about 1.6% just before the disclosure. The SEC's investigation comes after by saying it was taking a multibillion charge following a review of GE Capital's insurance portfolio. The scope of the investigation was expanded after of a goodwill impairment charge related to its power business. GE's stock has tumbled 44.4% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has slipped 0.9%.
12:04 a.m. Oct. 6, 2020 - By Allyson Harwood
What’s the new Ford F-150 like? This year it’s available as a hybrid powertrain, has a redesigned body, and all-new interiorThe popular pickup was revamped for 2020, and comes as a hybrid. Here’s what’s new and different.
12:04 a.m. Oct. 5, 2020 - By Andy Bornhop
A first look at the new electric Volkswagen ID.4 It has a 250-mile range and free charging for three years. Look for it in early 2021Volkswagen sees the future as electric, and its first EV in the U.S. is a compact 5-seat crossover SUV called the ID.4
4:10 a.m. Oct. 3, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: What to know now that President Trump has the coronavirus Also, contact tracing, an interesting IPO and an improved retirement location toolAlso, contact tracing, an interesting IPO and an improved retirement location tool.
12:04 a.m. Oct. 2, 2020 - By Autotrader
Can you charge an EV in the rain? Is it safe? It’s a common question, and the short answer is yes; here’s an explanation for car nerdsFor anyone caught in the rain as the battery trickles toward zero, rain-meets-recharging suddenly comes to mind.
8:37 a.m. Sept. 30, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
Nikola postpones ‘Nikola World,’ capping roller-coaster September for the company Electric-truck maker seeks to reassure investorsEvent’s postponement caps a wild September for Nikola, which sought to assure investors it remained on track “to become a global leader in zero-emissions transportation.”
12:04 a.m. Sept. 30, 2020 - By Autotrader
What’s it like to drive the new Polestar 2? A performance-oriented electric car that’s very similar to the Tesla Model 3, we applied it to the sinewy curves of California’s Mulholland HighwayIf you think electric cars are boring, you haven’t driven a Polestar 2.
11:46 a.m. Sept. 28, 2020 - By Andrew Restuccia
EPA chief mocks California’s 2035 ban on gas-powered cars: ‘You can’t even keep the lights on today’ Wheeler claims plan would strain electric grid, will likely need EPA approvalThe Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in the state by 2035, arguing that the mandate is impractical and possibly illegal.
12:04 a.m. Sept. 28, 2020 - By Russ Heaps
Check out the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s electric SUV It’s set to rival the Tesla Model Y and the Audi e-tron; look for it in late 2020For the first time in 55 years Ford has expanded the Mustang lineup, and its innovative electric powertrain could be the carmaker’s future.
5:08 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020 - Associated Press
China’s auto show featuring EVs with more range opens under COVID-19 controls Ford announced the China debut of its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUVFord, Nissan and BMW unveiled electric models with more range for China on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link.
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