U.S. interest rate rise outlook dents auto stocks

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By Susan Kelly CHICAGO, May 17 (Reuters) - The prospect of rising U.S. interest rates is weighing on auto sector stocks because investors fear higher monthly payments will curb consumer demand for vehicles, analysts said on Monday. "Rates are going up, and someone's going to pay for it -- either the automakers or their customers," said UBS analyst Robert Hinchliffe. With the federal funds rates likely headed higher starting as early as June, auto sector investors could react ...

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