General Motors (NYSE:GM) Receiving Critical Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) has trended negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. General Motors earned a news impact score of -2.15 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned press coverage about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 5 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted General Motors’ analysis:

General Motors stock opened at $35.54 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $36.72 and its 200 day moving average price is $37.22. General Motors has a 1-year low of $31.46 and a 1-year high of $41.90. The company has a market cap of $50.78 billion, a PE ratio of 5.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.69 and a beta of 1.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.43, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.82.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The auto manufacturer reported $1.72 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.18 by $0.54. The company had revenue of $35.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.21 billion. General Motors had a return on equity of 19.78% and a net margin of 6.19%. General Motors’s quarterly revenue was down .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.87 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that General Motors will post 4.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 5th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.28%. General Motors’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 23.24%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on GM shares. ValuEngine raised General Motors from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Bank of America set a $55.00 price objective on shares of General Motors and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 15th. Morgan Stanley set a $46.00 price objective on shares of General Motors and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 17th. UBS Group upped their price objective on shares of General Motors from $46.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, Barclays reduced their target price on shares of General Motors from $51.00 to $48.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $46.54.

In related news, EVP Matthew Tsien sold 16,933 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.50, for a total value of $668,853.50. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 18,533 shares in the company, valued at $732,053.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.51% of the company’s stock.

About General Motors

General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, trucks, crossovers, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM International, GM Cruise, and GM Financial. It markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Baojun, Jiefang, and Wuling brand names.

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