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U.S. Autos Seek Bailout Cash to Prevent Bankruptcy

Companies / US Auto's Nov 12, 2008 - 10:45 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Companies Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe big three US motor companies Ford, General Motors and Chrysler once thought of too big to fail are increasingly teetering at the brink of bankruptcy. Increasingly law makers on capital Hill (Nancy Pelosi) are seeking to allocate part of the $700 billion bank bailout funds at the auto industry so as to prevent bankruptcy and mass unemployment as a chain reaction hits suppliers that would impact on nearly 4 million US Jobs. Given the magnitude of the debts and losses of the big three, the initial estimates of $25 billion would soon mushroom to over $100 billion should the bailout go ahead.


General Motors closed at just $3 at less than 4% of its $77 high. The General Motors chart clearly shows that not only is the stock heavily oversold trading at the downtrend line but also that frankly there is not much further downside left in the price, as the next stop is zero, i.e. bankruptcy. Should General Motors survive the credit crisis then based on previous trends the stock price would target an eventual move towards $20.

Ford is not far behind in terms of capital destruction closing at just $1.84 down 95% since 1999. The stock chart, even more than that of General Motors illustrates the weak state of the corporation where there is no sign of any recovery on the horizon with so much overhead resistance generated over the last 5 years in the region of $5 that effectively puts a cap on the stock price should it survive bankruptcy through the aid of bailout cash.

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By Nadeem Walayat
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