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

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General Motors ( GM) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, General Motors fell $0.58 (-1.6%) to $36.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,054,403 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,381,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.16-$36.90 after having opened the day at $36.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.95. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 2.9%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), down 2.6%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 2.5% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 2.4%.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $51.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Thor Industries ( THO), up 3.7%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 3.4%, Winnebago Industries ( WGO), up 2.7% and Monro Muffler Brake ( MNRO), up 1.7% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Tesla Motors ( TSLA) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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