General Motors Co Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (GM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GM's share price has jumped by 35.89%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GM should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.49, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.79 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, GM has outperformed against the industry average of 19.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • GENERAL MOTORS CO' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL MOTORS CO reported lower earnings of $2.93 versus $4.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.33 versus $2.93).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Automobiles industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 10.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $1,315.00 million to $1,175.00 million.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General has a market cap of $43.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.00, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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