Jan 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment

GM finds love on Wall Street for a change

Image of GM's EV 600 electric delivery truck with FedEx branding on the side
GM EV600 electric delivery truck. Photo: GM

General Motors is finding love on Wall Street, something it hasn't experienced in a very, very long time.

What's happening: Investors are beginning to give credence to the Detroit automaker's electric vehicle strategy — or they're looking for a cheaper way to participate in the Tesla-inspired run-up in electric vehicle stocks.

Driving the news: GM was "the star of the show" at this week's virtual CES, EV bull Dan Ives, a Wedbush Securities analyst, said in a note Thursday.

  • In a keynote address, GM CEO Mary Barra said the industry had reached "an inflection point" for electric vehicles, and outlined progress on the company's Ultium battery technology and several upcoming EVs.
  • Barra also unveiled a new electric vehicle business unit, BrightDrop, focused on deliveries and logistics, with FedEx among its first customers.

What they're saying: While Tesla and other EV upstarts soared, GM stock has languished for years, despite record profits. Now analysts say that investors may have underestimated GM's potential.

  • GM's EV strategy "lays out a new path of growth for the company and makes them a major player in the EV industry for years to come," Ives said.

By the numbers: Shares of GM have gained 46% in the past 12 months, compared with gains around 16% for the S&P 500 index.

  • Shares of GM have gained 46% in the past 12 months, compared with gains around 16% for the S&P 500 index.

Yes, but: GM's $74 billion market cap is still one-tenth the size of Tesla's.

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