UBS Initiates Coverage of Auto Stocks, Emphasizing Growth Opportunities

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UBS has recently initiated coverage of thirteen auto stocks, providing valuable insights for investors. With a focus on growth opportunities rather than the potential impact of a looming strike, UBS aims to guide investors towards profitable decisions in the auto industry.

A Shift in Ratings for Prominent Auto Companies

Joseph Spak, leading the initiation, has reconsidered the ratings of some prominent auto companies in light of the United Auto Workers strike. Ford Motor Co. (F) has been upgraded from ‘sell’ to ‘buy’, while General Motors (GM) has also seen an upgrade from ‘neutral’ to ‘buy’. Tesla’s (TSLA) rating remains unchanged at ‘neutral’.

New Ratings for Other Companies

Interestingly, most of the other auto companies were not previously rated by UBS. However, Aptiv (APTV), Mobileye (MBLY), and Borgwarner (BWA) have all received a ‘buy’ rating. American Axle (AXL), Visteon (VC), Adient (ADNT), Rivian (RIVN), Magna (MGA), Dana (DAN), and Lear (LEA) have all been assigned a ‘neutral’ rating.

Strike Implications and Market Analysis

UBS acknowledges that contract details will play a significant role in the future of automakers. However, the four weeks of strike action at each of the Detroit three automakers have already been priced into the market for suppliers. UBS also recognizes that legacy Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) face concerns regarding peak pricing and the transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to battery electric vehicles (BEV). The recent UAW sell-off has created a more attractive risk/reward profile for these OEMs. In terms of Tesla, UBS believes that the company is well-positioned for long-term success but is currently waiting for a more favorable entry point.


By providing updated ratings and valuable insights, UBS hopes to guide investors towards profitable growth opportunities in the auto industry. With a focus on current market dynamics and future trends, UBS’s coverage will undoubtedly prove beneficial in making informed investment decisions.

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