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

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General Motors ( GM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose 27 cents (1.1%) to $25.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.64-$25.30 after having opened the day at $24.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.01. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 27.3%, G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 15.6%, Movado Group ( MOV), up 10.2%, and Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK), up 8.4%.
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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 $39.51 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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.

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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