Hardly anyone in America wants to buy a Fiat.
Fiat’s US sales are down 44% this year. The brand has sold just a third as many cars in 2018 as it did during the first six months of 2014, Fiat’s recent high-water mark. Americans bought far more Alfa Romeos than Fiats this year.
“You look at sales and wonder why the brand is still here,” said Rebecca Lindland, analyst for Cox Automotive.
The company sells four models in America: Three versions of the Fiat 500 and the Spider. Both are ultra-compact cars, which are falling out of favor with American customers.
As sales fall, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) has pulled spending for its small car brand. The company made clear it wants to emphasize trucks and SUVs over sedans going forward. Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler brands are collectively slated to receive just 25% of of the company’s investment spending — the lion’s share will go to Ram and Jeep.
“Nobody is making much of any money on cars, especially small, cheap cars,” said Michelle Krebs, analyst for AutoTrader.
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- [By Lou Whiteman]
Contractors including Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) have been richly rewarded over the last two years. The current-year Pentagon budget, at $700 billion, is the largest in history and represented a 15.5%, or $94 billion, jump from the year prior. That’s the largest single-year jump since a 26.6% gain in 2002.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
The deal, in effect, makes General Dynamics-owned (NYSE:GD) Gulfstream both a customer of and subcontractor to Triumph on G650 wing box and wing completion work. Wing production work currently being performed at Triumph facilities in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, will move to Gulfstream’s Georgia facility.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
It could also slow down efforts led by Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) and Lockheed Martin to modernize missile defense and stunt work being done at Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), Boeing (NYSE:BA), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and others to modernize the U.S. nuclear triad.
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- [By Rich Duprey, Daniel Miller, and Dan Caplinger]
We asked three Motley Fool contributors to identify top stocks under $20 that investors could buy right now to generate exceptional returns. Below they discuss Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX), Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN).
- [By Ethan Ryder]
A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
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- [By Stephan Byrd]
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- [By Jeremy Bowman]
A lot has changed since then, however. J.C. Penney badly underperformed its own comparable sales target in the second half of 2016, as comparable sales fell instead of hitting the 3-4% mark the company had projected. Its peers continued to struggle — Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) all reported declining comps in the fourth quarter, and Macy’s said last year it would close 100 stores.
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
Following a couple of tough years, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) have helped lead a revival of sorts for the department-store sector over the past year. Strengthening comp sales results and rising earnings expectations helped Kohl’s stock reach an all-time high last week. Meanwhile, Nordstrom stock hit a multiyear high.
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- [By Lee Samaha]
One person’s challenge is another’s opportunity, and there are very few CEOs as bold and decisive in taking advantage of a chance to enhance value for shareholders as Emerson Electric’s (NYSE:EMR) David Farr. Although the terms of Emerson’s deal to buy General Electric’s (NYSE:GE) Intelligent Platforms business weren’t disclosed, it’s likely that GE’s desire to sell assets in order to raise cash means Farr’s company wouldn’t have overpaid to acquire a strategically important business. Let’s take a look at the deal, and at what it says about both companies.
- [By Shane Hupp]
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- [By Lee Samaha]
In common with many other industrial companies, like Danaher, Pentair has been taking action to become a more focused investment proposition for investors. The sale of its valves and controls business to Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) in the spring of 2017 turned out to be well-timed for Emerson, as it occurred precisely at the time when oil and gas capital spending started picking up.