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Fly News Breaks for November 27, 2018
VLKAY, F, GM
Nov 27, 2018 | 08:32 EDT
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Ford (F) shares have been moving on hopes of significant cooperation with Volkswagen (VLKAY) following the signing of an MOU between the two automakers last June. While he believes VW and Ford have some "extremely complementary areas of weakness and strength" and he sees scope for a VW collaboration to save Ford $2B-$4B annually or more, Jonas also contends that Ford's "biggest challenges must be confronted alone." He added that a full merger or "grand alliance" is a long shot and Jonas does not expect a significant flow of capital from Ford to VW or vice versa at this stage. He maintains an Equal Weight rating on Ford shares, stating that General Motors' (GM) restructuring announcement will focus investor attention on Ford's next steps.