Zacks Analyst Interview Highlights: GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2006 Zacks.com releases the latest Analyst Interview. Today's interview is with senior analyst Paul Raman, who discusses GM (NYSE:GM), Ford (NYSE:F), Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Honda (NYSE:HMC).  A synopsis of today's Analyst Interview is presented below. The full article can be read at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.  Do you see any improvement of company guidance among the Big Three automakers?  Guidance for automakers remains dim. Sales are weak due to rising interest rates, a weakening real estate market, high gas prices and slow SUV sales. GM's (NYSE:GM) sales are down 12% YTD and Ford's (NYSE:F) are down 7% YTD.  Japanese car companies like Toyota and Honda continue to take market share. What makes them so much stronger these days?  Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Honda (NYSE:HMC) are gaining share by supplying high quality automobiles that get good gas mileage. They also don't have the same legacy healthcare and pension issues that are burdening the Big Three.  Are you seeing much progress with hybrids, biodiesel and other types of fuel sources in future models of U.S. autos?  Hybrids are now only 1% of the market, but they are growing. Toyota, Honda and Ford appear to be the most aggressive in this area. It will take a long time for them to be a sizable part of the market.  Read the full interview at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2647.  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=2679.  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 by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2648.  Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.  (a)The Zacks Performance Rank performance is the total return of equal weighted simulated portfolios consisting of those stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank net of fees. Results reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Simulated results do not represent actual trading and may not reflect the impact that economic and market factors might have had on decision-making if an adviser were actually managing a client's money.  (b)The S&P 500 Index ("S&P 500") is a well-known, unmanaged index of the prices of 500 large-company common stocks selected by Standard & Poor's. The S&P 500 includes the reinvestment of all dividends, no transaction costs, and represents the gross returns before management fees.  Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.  CONTACT: Zacks.com Terry Ruffolo, 312-630-9880 ext. 213 www.zacks.com    
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