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How to buy General Motors (GM) shares

Learn how to easily invest in General Motors shares.

General Motors Company is an auto manufacturers business based in the US. General Motors shares (GM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. General Motors employs 155,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$130.9 billion.

How to buy shares in General Motors

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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – GM – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

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General Motors shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-11-27.
Latest market close$59.71
52-week range$40.04 - $65.18
50-day moving average $57.08
200-day moving average $56.30
Wall St. target price$72.54
PE ratio 8.0527
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.47

General Motors stock price (NYSE: GM)

Use our graph to track the performance of GM stocks over time.

General Motors price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $59.71 from 2021-12-03

1 week (2021-11-26) -0.76%
1 month (2021-11-01) 7.60%
3 months (2021-09-03) 22.31%
6 months (2021-05-31) N/A
1 year (2020-12-04) 34.48%
2 years (2019-12-04) 66.79%
3 years (2018-12-04) 63.50%
5 years (2016-12-02) 68.62%

Is General Motors under- or over-valued?

Valuing General Motors stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of General Motors's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

General Motors's P/E ratio

General Motors's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, General Motors shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

General Motors's PEG ratio

General Motors's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7076. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into General Motors's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

General Motors's EBITDA

General Motors's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $17.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a General Motors's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

General Motors financials

Revenue TTM $130.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.52%
Gross profit TTM $14.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.26%
Return on equity TTM 20.26%
Profit margin 8.5%
Book value $36.10
Market capitalisation $87.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

General Motors's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like General Motors.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

General Motors's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.74

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Motors's overall score of 32.74 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 59th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General Motors is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

General Motors's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.14/100

General Motors's environmental score of 13.14 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Motors is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Motors's social score

Social score: 14.04/100

General Motors's social score of 14.04 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Motors is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

General Motors's governance score

Governance score: 10.56/100

General Motors's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Motors is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Motors's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Motors scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that General Motors has a damaged public profile.

General Motors share dividends

We're not expecting General Motors to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

General Motors share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Motors's shares have ranged in value from as little as $40.0404 up to $65.18. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GM.US volatility(beta: 1.21)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while General Motors's is 1.2099. This would suggest that General Motors's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

General Motors overview

General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, trucks, crossovers, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM International, Cruise, and GM Financial segments. It markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Baojun, and Wuling brand names. The company also sells trucks, crossovers, and cars to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. In addition, it offers safety and security services for retail and fleet customers, including automatic crash response, emergency services, roadside assistance, crisis assist, stolen vehicle assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation, as well as connected services comprising mobile applications for owners to remotely control their vehicles and electric vehicle owners to locate charging stations, on-demand vehicle diagnostics, smart driver, marketplace in-vehicle commerce, connected navigation, SiriusXM with 360L, and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. Further, the company provides automotive financing services; and operates an online store. General Motors Company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

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