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

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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, General Motors fell $0.38 (-1.1%) to $32.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,356,876 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,653,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.10-$33.11 after having opened the day at $32.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.23. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Central European Distribution (CEDC), down 52.2%, Mannatech (MTEX), down 14.8%, Tandy Brands Accessories (TBAC), down 5.8% and Icahn (IEP), down 5.4%.

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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 $45.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Verso Paper (VRS), down 7.1%, Tesla Motors (TSLA), down 6.3%, Delta Apparel (DLA), down 5.7% and Summer Infant (SUMR), down 5.7% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Corn Products International (CPO) 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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