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    Five Japanese automakers accused of falsifying safety data

    enJune 10, 2024

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    • Japanese automakers falsifying safety test dataJapanese automakers Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, and Yamaha faced significant stock declines due to accusations of falsifying vehicle safety test data, causing the suspension of shipments and on-site inspections. This scandal, similar to Volkswagen's Dieselgate, resulted in billions in fines globally.

      Five Japanese automakers, including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, and Yamaha, have been accused of falsifying vehicle safety test data during the certification process for certain models. This scandal, which is reminiscent of Volkswagen's 2015 Dieselgate, resulted in significant stock declines for the affected companies, with Mazda down 7.7%, Honda down 5.8%, Toyota down 5.4%, Yamaha down 2.2%, and Suzuki down 0.3%. The investigation was initiated after Toyota's Daihatsu Unit halted all shipments due to improper collision safety testing. The companies were directed to suspend shipments of the models involved until the transport ministry confirmed their compliance and on-site inspections were conducted. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that there will be no Model Y refresh this year, despite rumors to the contrary. This decision comes as Tesla reportedly lowered the production of its Model Y at its Shanghai plant and faces increased competition in China at the vehicle's price range. The 2015 Dieselgate scandal, which involved Volkswagen fitting diesel engines with software to cheat on US emissions tests, resulted in over $30 billion in fines around the world.

    • Southwest Airlines activist investorElliott Investment Management, a major activist investor, aims to make changes within underperforming Southwest Airlines, which has seen its stock lag behind rivals Delta and United.

      Elliott Investment Management, a prominent activist investor, has amassed a nearly $2 billion stake in Southwest Airlines and intends to push for changes within the company. This news comes as Southwest's stock has underperformed compared to its rivals, Delta and United, which have seen significant gains this year. Meanwhile, in the tech sector, the focus will be on Apple's WWDC conference, where analysts expect generative AI to be a key topic and potential collaboration with OpenAI could provide insight into Apple's broader AI strategy. Additionally, Amazon's AWS Reinvent conference is expected to cover various areas including data protection, network security, and generative AI. Other notable investor events include Pegasystems investor meeting and Western Digital's webcast on the new era of NAND. The markets are off to a rough start today, with Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq futures in the red, while crude oil is up slightly and Bitcoin remains above $69,000.

    • Index rebalancingCompanies like KKR, CrowdStrike, and GoDaddy gained significantly in the premarket due to their upcoming inclusion in the S&P 500, while the FTSE 100 and DAX declined. Index rebalancing impacts individual stock performance.

      Several companies, including KKR, CrowdStrike, and GoDaddy, experienced significant gains in the premarket today due to their upcoming inclusion in the S&P 500 during the quarterly rebalance on June 24th. The FTSE 100 and DAX saw declines of 0.5% and 1%, respectively, while markets in Australia, Hong Kong, and China were closed for holidays. An auction for a $58 billion 3-year note was scheduled for 1 PM on the economic calendar. This news highlights the impact of index rebalancing on individual stock performance. Stay informed about significant stocks and ETFs by becoming a Seeking Alpha premium subscriber. I'm your host, Julie Morgan. Make it a great day!

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