General Motors Co Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (GM) - TheStreet

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TheStreet

)

-- General Motors

(NYSE:

GM

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C- . 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.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for GENERAL MOTORS CO is rather low; currently it is at 16.70%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.90% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $3,942.00 million or 22.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. General has a market cap of $36.63 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

automotive

industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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