NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Is General Motors (GM - Get Report) on the road to recovery?
Earlier Thursday it reported better-than-expected sales of its Buick and Chevrolet brands in China and, separately, CEO Mary Barra held a Town Hall meeting for employees that covered the ignition switch recall scandal.
GM stock opened higher and currently trades around $36. But with the stock down over 11% for the year to date, can these gains be sustained?
Traders and investors have been driving GM stock higher since setting its 2014 intraday low at $31.70 on April 11 in anticipation of better auto sales and the company's plans to avoid future issues when recalls are needed.
Let's start with the daily chart for General Motors stock.
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The daily chart shows that General Motors had a significant rally since July 2012 than set an all-time intraday high (for the newly-traded GM) at $41.85 on Dec. 17. The stock began 2014 in a down trend and traded back and forth around its 200-day simple moving average between Feb. 3 and March 11. The stock then traded well below its 200-day SMA, now at $36.39, trading as low as $31.70 on April 11.