VW recall and Tesla’s new Model X–5 things you need to know today
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Wall Street stock futures are higher this morning as the markets recover their nerve after a commodities-induced swoon Monday. The dollar is a fraction higher against the euro at $1.1220, while crude oil–one of the many commodities to suffer yesterday–have recovered to just under $45 a barrel.
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Here’s what else you need to know today.
1. VW CEO hints at 11 million car recall
Crisis-plagued Volkswagen AG (VLKPY) signaled on Tuesday it would recall up to 11 million vehicles as it tries to address the scandal over its admission that it cheated U.S. diesel emissions tests. Germany’s vehicle watchdog KBA has given it till Oct. 7 to present a ‘comprehensive’ plan for bringing the polluting diesel engines back into line with legal limits.
2. Google shows off its self-driving car.
Reporters descend on Google’s (GOOG) Mountain View, Calif. headquarters today where the company will show off its prototype self-driving vehicle. The event will take place on the roof of the Google X building and will allow reporters to take a test ride, so get ready for lots of first-hand accounts to hit your Twitter feed. Google has been pushing the boundaries with its autonomous cars and is now working to make the cars drive more “humanistically,” as Chris Urmson, who heads Google’s driverless car efforts, puts it.
3. Tesla also has its own debut today.
Tesla (TSLA) will unveil its first-ever electric SUV in full today. The vehicle, known as the Model X, is intended to expand Tesla’s vehicle offerings beyond its signature Model S sedan. The Model X will roll off Tesla’s Fremont factory today and into the hands of customers, some of whom reserved their vehicle as early as 2012. Until now, the public has only gotten brief glimpses of the new model, which will feature distinctive “falcon-wing” back doors that fold up and out.
4. Costco reports.
Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp., which became the second-biggest retailer by revenue a month ago, reports its fourth-quarter results today. Costco already reported fiscal year sales of $113.7 billion, which trails only Wal-Mart (WMT) in overall revenue. Same-store sales were also up 7%, excluding the effects of currency moves and gasoline sales. The retailer didn’t provide any guidance on upcoming earnings, which will have many investors’ ears perked.
5. U.S. economic updates.
More updates on the state of the American economy will be released today. First up, single-family home prices for July. The S&P Case Shiller composite index will be released at 9 a.m. ET, showing that home prices likely gained 5.1% year-over-year for the 20 metropolitan areas that the index tracks, according to economist estimates. Then at 10 a.m. ET, the Conference Board will release updated consumer confidence levels for September, which are expected to have slipped to 96.1 from 101.5 last month.
Additional reporting contributed by Reuters.