SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

July 04, 2012 08:20 ET

Toyota and Honda June Sales Come in Under Average Analysts' Estimates

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Toyota and Honda

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 4, 2012) - The auto industry has seen a slow but steady recovery since the lows of 2009. Auto sales in June rose to an annualized sales rate of 14.1 million vehicles according to Autodata Corp. Shares of U.S. automakers surged Tuesday after General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC reported auto sales for June that beat analysts' estimates. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Auto Manufacturers Industry and provides equity research on Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM) and Honda Motor Company Ltd. (NYSE: HMC).

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"A lot of analysts -- ourselves included -- were cautious going into June with the unemployment rate inching up, consumer confidence dropping and the volatility going on in Europe," Alec Gutierrez, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said in a telephone interview. "It's just a testament to the strength of consumer demand for new vehicles despite all the negative news out there."

Auto sales have seen a slow but steady recovery since hitting a 27-year low of 10.4 million vehicles in 2009. U.S. auto sales are currently on pace for their best year since 2007, when 16.1 million vehicles were sold.

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Toyota in June posted a 60 percent gain June, which was below the analysts' average estimate of 66 percent according to Bloomberg. Toyota Motor Corporation and the BMW Group recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at a long-term strategic collaboration in four fields: joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies.

Honda Motors sales gain of 49 percent in June was just under the analysts' average estimate of 51 percent according to Bloomberg. The company recently announced that it has set an all-time monthly record for automobile production outside of Japan with 283,576 vehicles produced in May.

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