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Expect U.S. Light Vehicle Count Around 17.5M Units For April

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Ford Motor Company NYSE:F, General Motors Company NYSE:GM - Expect U.S. Light Vehicle Count Around 17.5M Units For April

Buckingham Research Group analyst Joseph Amaturo remains bullish about the auto sector ahead of Tuesday’s global light vehicle sales numbers.

“We continue to remind investors that we believe we are in a plateauing U.S. light vehicle sales environment, and do not think that we have ‘peaked,’ as that would imply a material drop in sales,” Amaturo explained.

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Buckingham has released a new report outlining what the firm expects from Tuesday’s light vehicle sales. Here’s an overview of the firm’s predictions on an adjusted basis:

  • U.S. light vehicle SAAR of 17.5 million units, up 0.9 percent year-over-year (Y/Y)
  • Ford market share up 0.3 percent Y/Y, GM market share down 0.6 percent
  • Industry full-size pickup sales up 7.0 percent Y/Y
  • European auto sales up 7.0 percent Y/Y
  • No material recovery in Brazil sales in the near term
  • China auto sales up 7.0 percent Y/Y
  • India auto sales up 1.0 percent Y/Y

Buckingham maintains Buy ratings on Ford, American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. AXL 8.95% and Penske Automotive Group, Inc. PAG 0.08%. The firm has a Neutral rating on GM.

Disclosure: The author holds no position in the stocks mentioned.

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