General Motors (NYSE:GM) Earning Very Negative Press Coverage, Study Shows

News headlines about General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) have been trending very negative this week, InfoTrie reports. The research group identifies positive and negative 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 -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. General Motors earned a news sentiment score of -3.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected General Motors’ analysis:

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. Nomura set a $42.00 price objective on General Motors and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 2nd. ValuEngine cut Zumiez from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 2nd. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Magna International in a research note on Wednesday, June 26th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $55.00 target price on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of General Motors in a research note on Tuesday, March 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Green Brick Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $47.47.

Shares of NYSE GM traded up $0.78 during trading on Friday, reaching $39.21. The company had a trading volume of 7,163,487 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,548,323. General Motors has a 12-month low of $30.56 and a 12-month high of $41.50. The stock has a market cap of $55.62 billion, a PE ratio of 6.00, a PEG ratio of 0.66 and a beta of 1.40. The business’s 50-day moving average is $36.52. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.65, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.94.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The auto manufacturer reported $1.41 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.32. The firm had revenue of $34.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.56 billion. General Motors had a return on equity of 22.67% and a net margin of 6.26%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.43 earnings per share. Research analysts forecast that General Motors will post 6.57 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 7th were issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.88%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 6th. General Motors’s payout ratio is currently 23.24%.

In other news, Director Wesley G. Bush bought 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 7th. The shares were bought at an average price of $38.58 per share, with a total value of $385,800.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate 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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