General Motors Co. (GM) stock starts with “Sell” rating in note to investors by Berenberg Bank

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 22 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Berenberg Bank initiated coverage on General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) stock, rating the company at Sell. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and General Motors Co. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $35.94, above the opening price of $32.82, a difference of 10.85 percent. General Motors Co. stock has a 52-week high of $36.88. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will re periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Shares of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) opened at $32.82 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $32.77 and $33.13, and last traded at $33.13, which represents a jump of $0.12 or 0.35% compared to the previous closing price.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) now has a market cap of 50.49B.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 13,444,400 shares out of a total float 1,333,831,000 and some 929,924 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) now has a 50-day MA of $32.11 and 200-day MA of $31.10. It has traded in a 52-week range between $26.69 – 36.880 and today’s last price is 10.18%% lower than the 52 week high of $36.88.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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