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General Motors Co (GM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

General Motors ( GM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, General Motors fell 33 cents (-1.3%) to $24.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.91-$24.54 after having opened the day at $24.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.75. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 11.1%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), down 10.5%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 9.6%, and Kid Brands ( KID), down 8.6%.

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General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $38.26 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cereplast ( CERP), up 10.7%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 8.1%, ConAgra Foods ( CAG), up 6.2%, and Forward Industries ( FORD), up 6%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Lorillard ( LO) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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