Stock Pick: General Motors

General Motors Company (GM) is an American multinational corporation that designs, builds, and sells automobiles such as cars, trucks, crossovers as well as automobile parts. Its most popular vehicle brands include the Buick, Cadillac, GMC, and Chevrolet.  Currently, GM has a workforce of 180,000 employees across 35 countries. In 2017, the company posted revenues of $145.59 billion.

Technical Analysis of General Motors (GM)

GM has been in a slump since June 2018 when it respected resistance of $45. In as little as four months, the stock lost over 23% of its value. At first glance, it might appear that GM has some more downside potential. A close look, however, reveals that GM is due for a bounce. That’s when our play can come in.

Technical analysis shows that GM is approaching the uptrend support of $33. This support has never been breached since July 2012. Bulls have managed to defend it multiple times and that tells us that they’ll also do the same this time.

On top of that, we can see on the weekly RSI that GM is nearly oversold. This gives us confidence that we can expect some selling relief soon. The oversold conditions plus the increased demand at the support can be the catalysts of a strong rally.

Fundamental Analysis of General Motors (GM)

In addition, we have fundamental analysis to support our bullish view. GM’s trailing twelve month price to earnings ratio is 5.51. The stock is undervalued considering that the PE ratio TTM of the automotive – domestic industry stands at 12.39. The comparison tells us that GM has good upside potential.

Also, our research shows that GM is a fundamentally strong company. In its second-quarter report, GM’s US sales volume was up 4.6% year-over-year. Additionally, sales volume in China was up 4.4%. Lastly, a look at the firm’s income statement shows that GM’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) growth rate in the last five years was 17.40% per year. This tells us that the company is generating a lot of revenue at a high growth rate.

The firm’s net income may be suffering due to some external challenges but the figures show that GM continues to deliver solid results. Eventually, these results will be reflected in the stock’s price.

The strategy is to buy as close to $33 support as possible. If bulls can successfully defend the support, then GM might be able to rally to our target of $40. Sell immediately once the target is hit. Keep in mind, we are just playing for the bounce.

The timeline for the target is less than six months.

Weekly GM Chart

Monthly GM Chart

As of this writing, the General Motors Company stock (GM) is trading at $32.65.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: As close to $33 support as possible.

Target: $40

Stop: Close below $32.

Kiril is a CFA Charterholder and financial professional with 5+ years of experience in financial writing, analysis and product ownership. He has passed all three CFA exams on first attempt and has a bachelor's degree with a specialty in finance. Kiril’s current focus is on cryptocurrencies and funds, as he does his own crypto research and is a Product Manager at Mitre Media. He also has his personal website, InvestorAcademy.org where he teaches people about the basics of investing. His ultimate goal is to help people with limited knowledge of finance and investments to create investment portfolios easily, and in line with their unique circumstances.

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