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Aside from the continued sell-off in U.S. tech stocks, one of yesterday’s top financial news stories was the fact that U.S. inflation is accelerating – and at a pace that’s exceeding forecasts.

And the surge in food prices is one of the big catalysts…

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    General Motors (NYSE: GM) Stock Shrugs Off Weak Earnings

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    After a strong 2013, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) stock has slumped so far this year and could use an earnings beat when it announces results Thursday morning before the markets open.

    Analyst expectations for General Motors earnings per share (EPS) have slipped from $0.90 three months ago to $0.87 now, which is partly responsible for the 13.5% slide in GM stock so far this year.

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  • General Motors (NYSE: GM) Stock Firing on All Cylinders GM It's been a long, hard road for General Motors since the depths of the Great Recession pushed the legendary automaker toward bankruptcy. But in the past year or so the company has engineered a massive turnaround, bringing the luster back to GM stock. And things should only get better from here. In fact, there are six reasons why GM stock still has plenty of gas in the tank...
  • Is Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) the New GM? As far as prestigious SUVs go, the Land Rover badge has been a mainstay in the road-less hinterlands for decades.

    Yet it has taken years for someone to actually get the formula right. BMW tried. Then Ford.

    But neither one of them could quite get it.

    Oddly enough the company to finally pull it off is headquartered in the former British colony of India.

    With its Range Rover Evoque, Tata Motors took the top prize as the Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2012.

    According to Motor Trend, "the Evoque hits all of the marks."

    So what exactly is Tata Motors? It may not be as familiar to you as General Motors (NYSE: GM), but someday it will be.

    A fast growing newcomer, Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) is becoming a global force in the auto, defense and commercial vehicle sectors.

    Now it certainly doesn't hurt that the local India market has a population approaching 1 billion people and that as these folks continue to move up the economic ladder they will be able to buy cars in greater quantities.

    That's a bonus for certain. But it's not the entire story.

    The truth is Tata is a leading builder of mass transportation vehicles (busses) in India as well as Spain, Brazil and South Korea.

    Simply put, Tata is now a significant global player.

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  • Can General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Shake Off Trouble from Europe? General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) reported today (Thursday) its biggest annual profit ever for 2011, but weakness from Europe could dull the share-price rally.

    Net income for the 2011 fiscal year hit $7.6 billion, 62% higher than the $4.7 billion GM earned a year ago and more than the previous record of $6.7 billion in 1997. Revenue increased 11% to $150.3 billion.

    Net income for the quarter hit $472 million, or 28 cents a share, down from $510 million, or 31 cents a share, a year ago.

    North America was GM's biggest income driver, accounting for $7.2 billion of the year's profit. GM suffered a $747 million loss in Europe, where consumer spending is struggling.

    "We clearly have work to do in Europe," GM Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann told reporters. "We have work to do in the South America business. Frankly, we have work to do all around the company in terms of cost opportunity."

    Investors remain wary over how successful GM will be at maintaining its profit rise as long as Europe remains weak - and looks increasingly weaker.

    "Just because things were looking OK at the end of last year doesn't mean that they will continue to look OK," Richard Cookson, chief investment officer of Citi Private Bank, told MSNBC. "Our best guess is that conditions will continue to deteriorate. This is going to be unpleasant, to put it mildly."

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  • Hot Stocks: General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Marks Turnaround With First Full Year of Profits Since 2004 After suffering through years of enormous losses and one of the biggest bankruptcies in U.S. history, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) yesterday (Thursday) posted its first annual profit since 2004.

    The Detroit automaker said it earned $4.7 billion in 2010, compared with a $21 billion loss posted by the current GM and its pre-bankruptcy predecessor in 2009.

    "Last year was one of foundation building," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson said in a statement. "Particularly pleasing was that we demonstrated GM's ability to achieve sustainable profitability near the bottom of the U.S. industry cycle, with four consecutive profitable quarters."

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  • Automaker's Shares Jump in Early Trading as Investors Buy GM Stock Following Record IPO Shares of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) zoomed nearly 7% in morning trading today (Thursday), following a $20.1 billion initial public offering (IPO) that moves the U.S. carmaker closer to paying back the taxpayer funds it received in a bailout last year.

    GM shares were up $2.25 each, or 6.82%, to trade at $35.25 at noon today, in the firm's first trading session as a newly public company, according to Google Finance.

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  • Buy, Sell or Hold Special Report: How Retail Investors Should Play the GM IPO If you are one of the millions of retail investors who found themselves totally out of luck on the General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) initial public stock offering, don't fret.

    Although the GM IPO is over, the profit opportunity has just begun.

    The incredibly oversubscribed GM IPO may well have been the biggest stock offering in global history. But I believe that this stock has plenty of room to run.

    In fact, I believe this is a stock that you'll want to buy in the aftermarket - provided that you follow some very strict guidelines for share prices and timing.

    Let me explain...

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  • GM Whets Investors' Appetite for IPO With $2 Billion Third Quarter Profit General Motors Co. reported a profit for the third straight quarter yesterday (Wednesday) and said it is on a path this year to produce its first annual profit since 2004, gathering critical momentum for its planned initial public offering (IPO) next week.

    The world's largest automaker said profits rose to $2.16 billion in the third quarter and revenue rose 20% to $34.1 billion. The company reported earnings per share of $1.20, compared to a loss of 73 cents a share in July through September last year, after it exited bankruptcy reorganization.

    "It's a very strong quarter financially," Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview. "They've taken the excess capacity out of the system and cut costs throughout the organization. Any gain in the overall market is going to be very positive for General Motors, and the market has turned around from 2009."

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  • GM's $10.6 Billion IPO Could be an Enticing Opportunity For Investors General Motors in an initial public offering (IPO) this month will price its shares at a level that could regenerate investor interest, and even throw off generous returns over time.

    At least that's the hope of the U.S. government, which is likely to see its taxpayer-owned stake fall to less than the symbolically important 50% level when it sells approximately $7 billion of its shares in the IPO.

    GM, 61% owned by the U.S. Treasury Department, will offer 365 million shares at $26 to $29 each, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The automaker also will offer $2 billion to $3 billion of preferred shares that later will become common stock, the people said.

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  • Toyota Racks Up Recalls as Automakers Adopt More Proactive Safety Stance Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE ADR: TM) added another set of recalls yesterday (Thursday) to its rocky year.

    Toyota announced it needed to repair 1.66 million autos worldwide for brake-fluid leak issues. The newest development brings the total number of Toyota vehicles recalled worldwide in the past year to about 14 million.

    The company said it needed to fix rubber seals on about 740,000 vehicles in the United States and 599,000 in Japan, as well as some models in European markets, including Avalon and Lexus sedans and Highlander sport-utility vehicles. A small amount of brake fluid was able to leak from the master cylinder and gradually reduce braking performance and cause a "spongy" feeling in the brakes, according to a company spokesman. Cars affected have had factory-filled brake fluid replaced with brake fluid that is not "genuine" factory fluid.

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  • China Using Government Muscle to Turbo Charge its Auto Industry Having already supplanted the United States as the world's largest auto market, China is on the fast track to becoming the global leader in hybrid and electric cars.

    General Motors and Chrysler were forced into bankruptcy largely because they failed to pursue more fuel-efficient models. Indeed, GM and Chrysler looked wholly unprepared as gas prices soared over $4.00 a gallon in 2008.

    As GM emerges from bankruptcy - having been bailed out by the U.S. government - it will put a renewed focus on alternative energy. Unfortunately, it's too late to make a difference. As U.S. car companies sputtered amid the country's economic collapse, carmakers in China raced ahead. And with billions of dollars in government backing, they are the companies that will set the pace for the global auto market.

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  • GM's IPO Filing Reveals Challenges That Could Discourage Investors  When General Motors Co. filed registration papers for an initial public stock offering (IPO) on Wednesday, it also revealed the formidable challenges it faces - some of which may give pause to investors considering taking a stake in the venerable automaker.

    The 734-page document GM filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) paints a picture of a company that is alternately confident about its progress since it nearly failed last year and cautious about the future.

    The IPO raises the stakes for taxpayers who own 61% of GM and will be at least partially repaid based on its success.
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  • The Supply Chain Strain Is Changing the Way Manufacturers Do Business As growing demand boosts production in the second half of 2010, some companies will fail to meet output due to struggles in the supply chain.

    Earnings season has shown industrial companies' surging profits in the first half of the year and increased optimism for the months to come. Emerging market strength and stable raw material prices have helped the manufacturing boost.

    Industry giants like Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Siemens AG (NYSE ADR: SI) all raised their outlooks and posted higher-than-expected earnings.

    Siemens' second-quarter orders increased by 22% from a year ago and income rose 40% to a record high of $3 billion (2.3 billion euros). The demand increase Siemens is predicting for the rest of 2010 allowed the company to end the reduced working-hour arrangements it had set up with about 19,000 employees.

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  • Whitacre Resigns, but Is GM Really Ready to Roll On with its IPO? Whether it's because the company is ready to again stand on its own two feet, or because of undue political pressure, General Motors Co. looks to be preparing an initial public offering (IPO) that would repay billions to taxpayers who own a majority stake in the company.

    The company yesterday (Thursday) reported a 44% increase in net profit and announced that Chief Executive Officer Ed Whitacre would step down from his post on Sept. 1.

    Whitacre, who was named GM's chairman last year as the company emerged from bankruptcy protection, will be replaced by GM board member Daniel Akerson. Akerson has little experience in the automobile industry, but he boasts a solid track record of leading telecommunications companies.

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  • GM Hopes to Lead Budding U.S. Electric Car Market with Chevrolet Volt General Motors Corp. on Tuesday announced the price tag on its hybrid Chevrolet Volt due out this fall, hoping to blaze the trail for an up-and-coming U.S. electric car industry and entice buyers to take a greener route.

    The extended-range electric Volt, running on battery power and a small engine, will be priced at $41,000 and will qualify for a $7,500 tax credit. The price is close to analysts' $40,000 estimate, but significantly higher than the $32,780 cost of its competitor, the Nissan Leaf.

    GM justifies the price difference with the Volt's significantly better driving-range benefit: The Volt will run for 40 miles on battery power and then a small gasoline engine will kick in as a generator, powering the vehicle for another 300 - 400 miles.

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