Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: General Motors, Ford,

 DaimlerChrysler and Toyota  CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 2006 Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day, the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: General Motors (NYSE:GM), Ford (NYSE:F), DaimlerChrysler (NYSE:DCX) and Toyota (NYSE:TM).  See the latest posts to the Analyst Blog by visiting: http://at.zacks.com/?id=2673  Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:  Saudi Crude Production Falling  Apparently the story coming from the technical experts in the oil fields is very different than the story coming out of the political types in the royal family and the oil ministry. The ministry says it can boost capacity by 25% in two or three years, when there has been no ability to increase it at all over the last two years despite record prices. The technical types are saying that it will take fairly heroic measures to keep production flat.  My bet is that the technical types have it right. If the incremental oil to meet growing demand does not come from Saudi Arabia, it is hard to see where it will come from. If so, the bull market in oil is only beginning and we are unlikely to ever see $50 oil again, not in our lifetimes, our children's or our grandchildren's. In other words, peak oil maybe happening even sooner than I had thought, and I have been on the relatively pessimistic side. I hope I am wrong, but fear I am right.  On the Road Again...  June automotive sales released today confirmed the basic trends that have been present for the past several months: U.S. producers are losing market share. Overall U.S. sales declined 10.5% in June and are down 2.4% YTD, due to the negative effect of higher interest rates.  General Motors (NYSE:GM) sales fell 26% in June and are down 12.3% YTD. Ford (NYSE:F) sales are down 7.1% in June and down 4.1% YTD, with Explorer and Expedition sales being particularly weak. The Mustang and Fusion kept the decline from being worse. SUV sales were weak at both companies due to higher gas prices. DaimlerChrysler (NYSE:DCX) sales were down 13.2% in June and down 3.3% YTD. Comparisons were all affected by the positive impact of employee-pricing plans one year ago.  Toyota (NYSE:TM) sales were up 14.4% in June and up 9.8% YTD due to high gas prices and strong sales of Toyota Corollas, Camrys and Yaris. Toyota sales passed DaimlerChrysler sales for the third month in a row.  See the latest posts to the Analyst Blog by visiting http://at.zacks.com/?id=2645  About Zacks Equity Research  Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.  Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.  Zacks "Profit from the Pros" e-mail newsletter provides highlights of the latest analysis from Zacks Equity Research. Subscribe to this free newsletter today by visiting http://at.zacks.com/?id=2674.  About Zacks  Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Leonard Zacks. As a PhD in mathematics Len knew he could find patterns in stock market data that would lead to superior investment results. Amongst his many accomplishments was the formation of his proprietary stock picking system; the Zacks Rank, which continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros. In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time! Register for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros.  CONTACT: Zacks.com Terry Ruffolo, 312-630-9880 ext. 213 www.zacks.com    
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