A Look Inside The Year Ahead - Research Report ON Group 1 Automotive, Inc., Penske Automotive Group, Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Con-Way Inc. and Microsoft Corporation

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NEW YORK,  February 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Today, National Traders Association announced new research reports highlighting
Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: GPI), Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG),
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), Con-Way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) and
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). Today's readers may access these reports
free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst
ratings - via the links below.

GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. Research Report

As steady economic growth, increased demand, and new product offerings give life
to the US automotive industry, sales of light vehicles are expected to explode
soon. In fact, demand is so high that US automakers are complaining of the lack
of production, something not seen anywhere else in the world. A report from
WardsAuto says that some executives wish they could build more cars faster for
Americans, while the car market in  Asia  and  Europe  struggling. Group 1
Automotive has been upgraded to "buy" by KeyBanc, with a price target of  $77 
on its stock. Zacks gave the company an "outperform" rating, though with a more
conservative price target of  $67.50. The company is fresh from an agreement to
acquire Brazilian car dealer UAB Motors for  $146 million  in cash and stock in
an attempt to break into the Latin American country's fast growing market. While
it will assume about  $62 million  worth of UAB debt, the deal would be slightly
accretive, adding  3 to 5 cents  per share to its 2013 earnings. Group 1 will
also be receiving 18 dealerships - two Toyota, four Nissan, two BMW, two MINI,
three Renault, three Peugeot, one Land Rover, and one Jaguar - that is expected
to rake in annual revenue of about  $650 million. The deal will be finalized on 
February 28  this year. The Full Research Report on Group 1 Automotive, Inc. -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:



Penske Automotive was given a "buy" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets with a
stock price target of  $36  after beating expectations in its latest earnings
report. It posted earnings per share of  $0.60  and revenues of  $3.4 billion,
higher than the predicted  $0.57  and  $3.27 billion, respectively. KeyBanc adds
that the automotive retail space going into Q4 of fiscal year 2012 indicates
flat to increasing gross profit per unit across all segments in a growing
revenue environment, and a stable gross profit margin despite revenue headwinds.
Free cash flow generation is expected to stay strong and will be channeled to
shareholder-friendly actions, like acquisitions, share repurchases, or even
dividends. The Full Research Report on Penske Automotive Group, Inc. - including
full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:



Despite a challenging quarter for the trucking industry, top trucking company
J.B. Transport Services, Inc. that its fourth quarter income soared 16%.  J.B.
Hunt's  net income rose to  $84 million  or  70 cents  per share. Total revenue
for 2013 is  $5.1 billion, up 12%. This increase is largely due to the company's
improvements in its intermodal division, a segment involved in the movement of
freight containers using several modes of transportation. With these reports,
many are predicting that the trucking industry is slowly showing signs of
improvement going into 2013. While many factors are out of the industry's
control, such as the global economy and the harsh weather conditions, the
industry can always look for ways in which they can continue earning revenue. At
present, trucking companies are using intermodal solutions in order to save
costs.  J.B. Hunt  have invested In this solution and it has allowed their
business to thrive despite unstable fuel prices and slow growth in the economy.
The outstanding performance of  J.B. Hunt's  intermodal division last quarter
shows the benefits of this solution. This will improve efficiency and cut costs,
allowing the trucking industry to continue beating the odds.. The Full Research
Report on J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of
charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/f633_JBHT]


CON-WAY INC. Research Report

Con-Way Inc. also jumped 6.04% after its board declared a cash dividend of  10
cents  per share on the company's common stock. Con-Way Inc. is scheduled to
release its financial results for the 2012 fourth quarter and full year on 
February 6. Good results are expected from Con-Way after it declared a cash
dividend of  10 cents  per share on the company's common stock. The trucking
industry is facing familiar problems with the shortage of truck drivers,
stricter federal regulations and increased fuel prices. These problems increase
operation costs and cut profits for trucking companies. Furthermore, the Bureau
of Economic Analysis suggests that the trucking industry is growing at a slow
pace because of the state of the country's economy and the slowdown of global
manufactory. In the coming year, investing in intermodals is a good way for
trucking companies to deliver more consistent results. Intermodal traffic is
expected to grow and have a strong performance for the rest of the year based on
continuous demand in converting truckloads from highway to intermodal rail. The
Full Research Con-Way Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings
and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:



Since Microsoft released its Windows 8 operating system last year, the sales
which reached 60 million was not enough to convince investors that it is going
to bring the company back to its unchallenged position. Although Microsoft had
beaten expectations, the 24% sales increase equating to  $5.9 billion  is
considered a lackluster performance after its biggest component, Office, felt a
10% decline to  $5.7 billion. The company already has an impressive portfolio to
help boost its sales, but there's always weakness where there is need for plan
B.  Although there may be a huge need for Microsoft to ramp up its mobile and
tablet portfolio. While the tablet competition seems easier to penetrate,
Microsoft needs to attract both new and existing markets. Microsoft already has
the "weapons" for the marketing warfare. All it needs to focus on is strategy.
The Full Research Report on Microsoft Corporation - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of
charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/eb0c_MSFT]


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