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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors Co. (GM)  shares are rising 0.71% to $31.18 on Monday after the U.S.-based automaker received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to buy Cruise Automation, a Silicon Valley-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, Reuters reports. 

The purchase price was not disclosed by GM, however the deal is reportedly worth over $1 billion in cash and stock.

This acquisition, announced early March, will help GM with its automation goals, as Cruise will focus on creating software that will be integrated into GM vehicles. 

It will also "significantly accelerate the timeline for bringing autonomous vehicles to market," GM President Dan Ammann told Re/

Overall, there's fierce competition in the driverless-car market among companies including Alphabet's Google (GOOGL), Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) and Tesla Motors (TSLA) all looking to usher in a self-driving car revolution, the Wall Street Journal said. 

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The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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