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

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 1.0%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose $0.53 (1.6%) to $34.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,024,015 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,677,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.24-$34.83 after having opened the day at $34.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.14. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: STR Holdings ( STRI), up 8.1%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 8.0%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 7.4% and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.1%.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $46.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, Orient Paper ( ONP), down 7.9%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 6.8%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5.7% and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 5.0%.

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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