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

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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 1.9%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose $0.60 (1.7%) to $35.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,159,665 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,575,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.00-$35.10 after having opened the day at $34.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.44. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Thor Industries ( THO), up 11.9%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 8.8%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), up 6.6% and American Axle & Mfg Holdings ( AXL), up 5.2%.
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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 $46.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 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 solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 4.7% and Tata Motors ( TTM), down 3.1%.

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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