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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla Motors, Ford Motor, Toyota Motor, Daimler and Honeywell International



  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla Motors, Ford Motor, Toyota Motor,
                     Daimler and Honeywell International

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CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Tesla Motors, Inc.
(Nasdaq:TSLA-Free Report), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F-Free Report), Toyota Motor
Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free Report), Daimler AG (OTC:DDAIF-Free Report) and Honeywell
International Inc. (NYSE:HON-Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Tesla Model S Gets Highest Safety Rating

Tesla Motors, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:TSLA-Free Report) Model S has won the top vehicle
safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Model S obtained a five-star rating overall and also for each of its
subcategories. This is indeed a coveted award for Tesla as only 1% of cars
tested receive the 5-star rating from NHTSA. The board assesses vehicle
performance in frontal, side and rear crash tests and resistance to rollover.

While the star ratings have a cap of 5, the Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) can
cross this cap, although it happens rarely. However, Model S has managed to
obtain a score of 5.4. With this, Tesla's Model S sedan ensures exceptional
safety to the passengers as it has the lowest possibility of injury to
passengers among all major cars sold in the U.S. The safety score of this
sedan exceeded the score of most sports utility vehicles and minivans.

Model S does not have a gasoline engine block. Thus, the front section of the
car provides a significantly longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed
impact. The long crumple zone ensures better safety to the occupants.

Moreover, Model S is equipped with multiple deep aluminum extrusions in the
side rail. This helps in absorbing the impact energy of a side pole intrustion
and spreads the load to the rest of the vehicle. As a result, Model S became
the sole car in the top 1% of the tested cars to receive a good rating in the
side pole intrusion test. The sedan preserved 63.5% of the driver residual
space compared with 7.8% for the Volvo S60, which also received 5-star rating
from NHTSA in all categories.

The vehicle offers a double rear bumper if the optional third row seat is
installed. This provides protection against a highway speed impact in the rear
and avoids any disabling injury to the third row occupants.  In the rollover
test, Tesla's Model S is significantly better than other sedans as the battery
pack of the car is placed below the floor pan, which provides a very low
center of gravity and ensures safety.

Even Ford Motor Co.'s (NYSE:F-Free Report) 2013 Ford Focus Electric was
awarded the top vehicle safety rating by the NHTSA in February. In the New Car
Assessment Program (NCAP) testing by NHTSA, Focus obtained a five-star Overall
Vehicle Score. The 2013 and 2014 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback were also
bestowed with a five-star Overall Vehicle Score.

Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles and electric vehicle power
train components for partners including Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free
Report) and Daimler AG (OTC:DDAIF-Free Report). Tesla anticipates delivering
little over 5,000 Model S vehicles in the third quarter of 2013 and 21,000
vehicles globally in 2013. It currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Honeywell's PKS Finds Taker

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON-Free Report) recently announced that
Antipinsky Refinery CJSC will use its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS),
which provides information about refinery operations. Antipinsky will be
deploying the system to control plant processes and general refinery
facilities. Experion PKS is to be deployed during the third stage of
construction of Antipinsky oil refinery.

The new construction is likely to double the refinery's capacity to 7.5
million tons annually and catch up with the growing demand for clean fuels and
other oil products in Russia and the European Union (EU). Also, demand for
Antipinsky Refinery products throughout Russia and the EU is moving higher.
The products produced from the Antipinsky Refinery next year will comply with
the EU quality of the Euro-5 emission standard. In addition, this project also
includes the construction of a water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant,
steam generation plant and other general refinery facilities with construction
expected to be complete by the end of this year. Also, Honeywell will open a
new office in Tyumen, Russia, which will serve oil and gas customers in
Western Siberia.

With the adoption of Honeywell's PKS system, the operators will be able to
manage the refinery in a more efficient way, improve operational flexibility,
take informed decisions and resolve the challenges that the plant faces. The
advanced automation system by Honeywell is likely to improve the overall
productivity of the plant and at the same time ensure the safety and security
of employees.

Honeywell is a global diversified technology and manufacturing company with a
wide range of aerospace products and services, control, sensing and security
technologies for buildings, homes and industry, turbochargers, automotive
products, specialty chemicals, electronic and advanced materials, process
technology for refining and petrochemicals, and energy efficient products and
solutions for homes, business and transportation. In the last reported
quarter, Honeywell reported revenues of $9.7 billion, up 2.7% year-over-year.

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