Fiat Chrysler crowns merger with Wall Street debut
* FCA trading on NYSE opens 1330 GMT Monday, followed by Milan
* Wall Street debut comes at difficult time for auto industry
* Seen weaker than Ford and GM, but has strong premium portfolio
* Graphic on FCA and its peers: link.reuters.com/gak23w
* Graphic on FCA's targets: link.reuters.com/hak23w
By Agnieszka Flak
MILAN, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) makes its Wall Street debut to great fanfare on Monday, shifting the carmaker's centre of gravity away from Italy and capping a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The world's seventh-largest auto group has sought the U.S. listing to help to establish itself as a leading global player through access to the world's biggest equity market and the cheaper, more reliable source of funding it ultimately offers.
But Marchionne has picked a difficult moment to woo U.S. investors. The American auto industry is nearing its peak, the European market's recovery from years of decline is proving elusive and weakness persists in Latin America. Continuación...