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What: Swedish seat belt and airbag maker Autoliv
So what: The antitrust investigation isn't new news, nor is Autoliv's involvement. The company disclosed in June that European Commission representatives had visited two of the company's German facilities in relation to an antitrust probe.
Now what: Potential for the antitrust investigation to affect Autoliv's financial results is new news. Management said it doesn't know when the investigations will conclude or what their outcome will be. Thus, it can't estimate the potential impact on its financial results and cash flows -- although any effect is almost certain to be negative -- or indicate which reporting periods might be affected. One thing that is known: Uncertainty will pressure a stock's price.
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