Fiat Chrysler beats thanks to strong US sales — and the automaker announced plan to merge with Peugeot (FCAU)

On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France's PSA Group announced their intention to execute a 50-50 stock-swap merger that would create world's fourth-largest automaker.

But FCA on Tuesday also reported third-quarter earnings and again posted a strong result due to pickuop and SUV sales in the North American market.

The strong results led Fiat Chrysler (FCA) to reiterate its full-year guidance of adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) over 6.7 billion euros ($7.5 billion). It also expects a further improvement of its financial performance next year.

"Our strong Q3 results, built on record North America profitability, put us in a position to deliver our full-year guidance and to further improve financial performance in 202," CEO Mike Manley said in a statement.

FCA shares spiked in pre-market trading on Thursday in New York. They were up over 4%, to $15.63, on very elevated volume. Year-to-date, the stock has risen only about 3.5%.

(Reuters eporting by Giulio Piovaccari and editing by Stephen Jewkes.)

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