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General Motors

(

GM

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose $0.46 (1.3%) to $34.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,475,238 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,719,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.65-$35.05 after having opened the day at $34.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.53. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Tesla Motors

(

TSLA

), up 6.2%,

Meritor

(

MTOR

), up 6.0%,

Modine Manufacturing Company

(

MOD

), up 5.2% and

China Automotive Systems

(

CAAS

), up 5.1%.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $48.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), down 3.5% and

China Zenix Auto International

(

ZX

), down 2.4%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the automotive industry could consider

Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR

(

XLY

) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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