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Two Ways: Joy Ride Over for Automakers?


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The Future for Automakers Darkens

President Barack Obama has forced out General Motors (GM) CEO Rick Wagoner, and has determined that neither GM nor Chrysler have put forth viable plans for restructuring. The Wall Street Journal reports the administration's auto team, which has studied the carmakers for over a month, put out a final report saying their best chance of success "may well require utilizing the bankruptcy code in a quick and surgical way."

Chrysler's outlook is the gloomiest for now. The company has 30 days to work out a deal with Italy's Fiat SpA. If successful, the government may provide $6 billion more in funds. If not, it will be allowed to fail.

From the Bull Pen: The bull case is that weakness in the futures this morning was predictable on account of the fact that it's the end of the quarter. Caterpillar (CAT) pulling back to $27-$28 could present an upside opportunity. If and when.

From the Bear Cave: The bear case is that the S&P 500 is giving up too much too fast. One can consider Amazon (AMZN) for a downside play. A buy stop can be set near $72-$73.

Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng -4.70%, India -4.78%, Nikkei -4.53%, Taiwan -3.34% and Shanghai -0.69%.

Glancing towards Europe, we see the CAC -2.24%, DAX -3.11%, FTSE -0.67%

As of 8:15 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading -17 to 798, and Nasdaq futures are -21 to 1234.

A Look At Commodities

Crude oil is trading -1.64 to 50.74. Gold is -9.40 to 913.80. Silver is -0.25 to 13.010, and copper -6.10 to 177.50.

The dollar index is +0.505 to 86.0850.

On the Radar


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