Two Factors Driving Down General Motors (GM) Stock Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors (GM) shares fell 2.86% to $32.22 on Monday after a lawyer hired by the company to compensate victims injured by faults in the millions of vehicles it has recalled this year increased the fatality number to 23 from 21 today.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said that he has received 153 fatality claims since August, while 16 of the 714 injury claims he processed have received compensation for their injuries.

In separate news, the car company announced that the "valet mode" on its 2015 Corvette models is illegal in some states.

The valet mode feature is designed to protect car owners from joy riding or vehicle theft by placing a nanny cam with a microphone inside the car. However, the company announced that recording conversations without a party's prior consent is illegal in many sates.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

"In California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, all parties involved in the recording must either consent to a recording or at least be aware that the recording is happening, depending on the state. So if a Corvette owner turns on Valet Mode in California and turns the car over to the unknowing attendant, that Corvette owner could be committing a felony," the company said in a memo sent to dealers.

GM shares are up slightly in after-hours trading, 0.25% to $32.30.

TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.95, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.81 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • GENERAL MOTORS CO has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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 $2.35 versus $2.93 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.71 versus $2.35).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $3,830.00 million or 21.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 21.72%, GENERAL MOTORS CO is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.18%.
  • The share price of GENERAL MOTORS CO has not done very well: it is down 11.60% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the stock's decline during the last year, it is still somewhat more expensive (in proportion to its earnings over the last year) than most other stocks in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays offset this slight negative.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report
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