News headlines about General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. General Motors earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the auto manufacturer an impact score of 46.2257477754998 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

General Motors (NYSE GM) traded up 1.55% on Monday, hitting $35.47. The stock had a trading volume of 7,366,842 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $35.40 and its 200-day moving average is $35.09. The company has a market cap of $51.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.17 and a beta of 1.45. General Motors has a 52-week low of $30.13 and a 52-week high of $38.55.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The auto manufacturer reported $1.89 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.72 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $36.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $37.67 billion. General Motors had a net margin of 5.38% and a return on equity of 22.45%. The company’s revenue was down 1.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.86 earnings per share. Analysts expect that General Motors will post $6.14 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.29%. General Motors’s dividend payout ratio is currently 26.48%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on GM shares. BidaskClub downgraded General Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, June 24th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of General Motors in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Berenberg Bank set a $31.00 price objective on General Motors and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Monday. Vetr raised General Motors from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.42 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $37.00 price objective on shares of General Motors in a report on Friday, July 14th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and three have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.26.

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In other news, President Daniel Ammann sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total transaction of $1,440,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 235,953 shares in the company, valued at $8,494,308. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Karl-Thomas Neumann sold 234,274 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.77, for a total transaction of $8,145,706.98. Following the sale, the insider now owns 234,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,145,706.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 369,001 shares of company stock valued at $12,827,204. 0.04% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

General Motors Company Profile

General Motors Company designs, builds and sells cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts. The Company’s segments include GM North America (GMNA), GM Europe (GME), GM International Operations (GMIO), GM South America (GMSA) and General Motors Financial Company, Inc (GM Financial). The Company provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc The Company develops, manufactures and/or markets vehicles in North America under the brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.

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