One Factor Driving Down GM Stock Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors (GM) shares are down 1.8% to $31 in trading on Monday as the faulty ignition switch claims against the U.S. automotive company have risen over the past few days.

The number of claims against the company has risen by 64 over the past week, bringing the total of claims against the company to 2,326, according to Reuters

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A report by victim compensation lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who GM hired to handle its out-of-court compensation fund for injuries and death tied to the company's ignition switch recall, showed that 306 claims have been ruled ineligible while 568 have been deemed deficient and 445 are currently under review. So far 100 death and first and second degree injury claims have been deemed eligible for compensation.

The entire breakdown can be seen here.

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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. 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 17.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.96, 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 0.83 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • GENERAL MOTORS CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in 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 ($2.62 versus $2.35).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry average. The net income has decreased by 14.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $1,717.00 million to $1,471.00 million.
  • GM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.85% from its price level of one year ago. Despite the decline in its share price over the last year, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays compensate for this.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report
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