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Analysts Expect GM Stock to Move Beyond Its All-Time High

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In the last couple of quarters, some analysts who had previously suggested “holds” on General Motors (GM), the largest US automaker, have turned positive. As of April 26, 71% of the analysts covering GM stock had given it “buy” recommendations, according to the latest consensus data by Reuters.

Another 24% of these analysts rated General Motors stock as a “hold,” while the remaining 5% expected it to fall and suggested “sells.” The data were based on the recommendations of 21 Wall Street analysts.

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Upside potential of 19%

Only ~55% of surveyed analysts were recommending “buys” on GM about six months ago, much lower than the 71% of analysts recommending “buys” on it now.

As of April 26, analysts’ 12-month consensus target price on GM was $47.21, reflecting a potential upside of ~19.0% from its market price of $39.68. About six months ago, the consensus target price for GM was slightly lower at $45.20, and since then, it has risen even higher than its all-time high of $46.76 since listing on the NYSE in 2010.

Recent recalls and tariffs

According to Thomson Reuters data, General Motors is expected to report adjusted EPS of $1.11 in the first quarter, down ~22.5% YoY (year-over-year). The company’s first-quarter revenue is likely to fall 2.5% YoY to $35.2 billion in the quarter, while its adjusted net profit margin is expected to be 4.5%, lower than its level of 5.7% a year ago.

As of April 26, GM has risen 18.6% year-to-date, which could be pricing in analysts’ weak estimates for its first-quarter earnings results. If the company reports better-than-expected earnings results on April 30, its stock could receive a positive reaction from investors.

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