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Will Honda buy Harley Davidson?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by ifilus, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. ifilus

    ifilus Well-Known Member

    Could this really happen?

    Harley-Davidson (nyse: HOG - news - people ) rumbled north on Friday amid dubious rumors that Honda (nyse: HMC - news - people ) was ready to purchase the motorcycle maker. Shares of Harley-Davidson initially rose 6.3% but settled to a 4.2% gain, or $2.51, to $62.63 by noon trading.

  2. Trouser_Buddah

    Trouser_Buddah Active Member

    First Midwest (Express) Airlines...now this? D'oh!
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

  4. ifilus

    ifilus Well-Known Member

  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    I'd love this. Harley = disgusting.
    I'd love me a Honda, though.
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    How many companies do you know of who can't meet demand and are still in business?
  7. ifilus

    ifilus Well-Known Member

    The Green Bay Packers.
  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I studied some HOG financials this week, as a matter of fact, and while there's possibly some value there, I'd be willing to bet the shareholders won't sell to Honda. There may be some equity stateside they'd sell to, but shareholders wouldn't sell to Honda.

    That'd be like Putin buying the Yankees.
  9. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Because the FTC won't let one foreign company control 60 percent of the U.S. motorcycle market.

    More importantly, there's this guy.
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Honda may buy Harley Davidson, but who will buy the Marlboro Man?
  11. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I hope you intended to use some blue font there. Harley intentionally underproduces to drive up demand.
  12. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Harley customers have to wait, normally, for the product. Is that right? Right.

    Harley's sill a financially strong company. Is that right? Right.

    How many companies do you know of that could survive with that type of business plan? Right.

    Harley doesn't SUPPLY enough product to meet the quantity demanded. They're not "driving up demand." The demand curve does not move in this model.
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