A host of companies belonging to the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector are slated to release their quarterly numbers this week. So far, two S&P 500 sector components have reported earnings figures. PACCAR Inc. PCAR and Cummins Inc. CMI beat earnings and revenue expectations for the second quarter.

In the last reported quarter, the auto sector’s earnings plummeted 77.5{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} year over year on a 11.6{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} revenue decline. In the second quarter, overall earnings and revenues for the auto sector are projected to be down a whopping 228.1{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} and 47.7{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} year over year, per the latest Earnings Preview. The auto sector’s earnings are, in fact, likely to decline the most among all the 16 sectors.

Let’s take a look at the factors that are likely to have impacted auto stocks during the to-be-reported quarter.

Automakers around the globe are expected to have struggled with declining car sales amid the economic-slowdown concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, vehicle sales from each of the Detroit 3 carmakers — Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler — dropped year over year during the June-end quarter.

The pandemic has crippled the auto industry, thanks to the closure of factories, lower footfall at dealerships and disruptions in the global supply chains. Amid the pandemic-related uncertainties, several auto firms have withdrawn their annual guidance and are resorting to cost-containment measures in a bid to preserve the financial flexibility. Dividend cuts, buyback suspensions, employee layoffs, pay cuts and hiring freezes have become commonplace during this crisis.

The virus outbreak has given rise to unprecedented challenges for the auto sector, having created a demand shock as consumers’ confidence has dropped significantly. The coronavirus crisis is expected to have eroded automakers’ earnings and sales in the quarter under review.

Let’s take a glance at how these four auto players are placed ahead of their quarterly results, slated for a Jul 30 release.

General Motors Company Price and EPS Surprise

General Motors Company Price and EPS Surprise

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Things are looking up for General Motors as it currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and has an Earnings ESP of +18.72{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter’s loss is pegged at $1.72 per share on revenues of $20.47 billion.

General Motors’ SUVs and crossover vehicles, which account for majority of its sales volumes, are becoming popular on lower interest rates and gas prices. Further, the firm introduced vehicle-financing programs to spur demand during such uncertain times in the second quarter. Its cost-cutting efforts are anticipated to have aided the quarterly margins to some extent.

However, the company might have witnessed a decline in sales volumes amid industry headwinds. General Motors’ customer deliveries in the United States in the quarter to be reported plunged 34{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} from the prior-year period to 492,489 deliveries, as the coronavirus outbreak marred demand for vehicles.

Genuine Parts Company Price and EPS Surprise

Genuine Parts Company Price and EPS Surprise

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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter’s earnings is pegged at $1.03 a share on revenues of $4.45 billion.

LKQ Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

LKQ Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

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LKQ currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 and has an Earnings ESP of -18.37{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter’s earnings is pegged at 12 cents per share on revenues of $2.32 billion.

LKQ is expected to have registered a decline in sales volumes amid industry headwinds during the second quarter. The company withdrew the current-year guidance and suspended its share-repurchase program in response to disruptions to its supply chain due to the coronavirus mayhem.

Notably, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its Automotive Parts and Services’ net sales is pegged at $1,867 million, calling for a plunge of 39.5{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} year on year. However, LKQ’s cost-cutting efforts are anticipated to have aided its margins to some extent during the April-June period. While rising elevated SG&A costs, and higher restructuring and acquisition-related expenses might have hurt the company’s quarterly performance, solid cost-containment efforts are anticipated to have offered some respite.

CNH Industrial N.V. Price and EPS Surprise

CNH Industrial N.V. Price and EPS Surprise

CNH Industrial N.V. price-eps-surprise | CNH Industrial N.V. Quote

CNH Industrial currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) and has an Earnings ESP of -18.37{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter’s earnings is pegged at 12 cents per share on revenues of $2.32 billion.

CNH Industrial’s second-quarter results are expected to reflect year-over-year revenue declines across all its industrial activities. The consensus mark for revenues from Agricultural Equipment and Commercial and Specialty vehicles is pegged at $2,177 million and $907 million, calling for a year-over-year decrease of 29.7{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} and 66.4{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}, respectively. Notably, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales from the Construction Equipment and Powertrain segment is pegged at $311 million and $850 million, suggesting a year-over-year fall of 58.9{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446} and 25{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}, respectively.

Oshkosh Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

Oshkosh Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

Oshkosh Corporation price-eps-surprise | Oshkosh Corporation Quote

Oshkosh currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 and has an Earnings ESP of +28.29{d93457022679712214ff8a8035fa266341f9634f2c93d5e609b1bbb089e8c446}. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter’s earnings is pegged at 46 cents per share on revenues of $1.54 billion.

Solid backlogs across the firm’s Defense, and Fire & Emergency segments are expected to have boosted earnings in third-quarter fiscal 2020. The company is also likely to have ramped up production of its new front discharge concrete mixer, S-Series 2.0, which was launched this March. Nonetheless, Oshkosh might have faced a significant rise in raw material costs, specifically in its key components — steel and aluminium in the fiscal third quarter. Moreover, other material costs, freight rates and unstable foreign currency are expected to have flared up expenses during the period in discussion.

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