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FCA stock fares better than Ford, GM

by Bill Cawthon on

In the space of two weeks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has shed 1,743.82 points, or 10% of its value, on August 10. At the close of Monday’s trading, it was down 13% from its one-year high and was just 3% above its one-year low. At 4 pm today, it had fallen another 1%, still above the one-year low.


Auto stocks, like so many others, have taken a big hit as well, but Fiat Chrysler has done better than Ford or General Motors.

As of the Monday’s market close, FCAU was trading at $13.74, off 20% from its 52-week high, but still 61% ahead of its 52-week low. Ford stock was selling for less than Fiat Chrysler at $13.10/share. That’s 27% below its high for the past year and just 25.5% above its lowest price.

General Motors has fared the worst: at yesterday’s closing price of $27.50, it’s down 29.5% and is just 12% above its 52-week low.

Update: As of 4 pm today, was at $27.33, Ford at $12.93, and FCA at $14.04, the only one of the three major NYSE-listed automakers to be above the Monday market close.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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