The value of GM stock decreased during the March 9th, 2020 to March 13th, 2020 timeframe. Shares closed the week at $24.71 per share, which represents a decrease of $3.98 per share, or 14 percent, compared to last week’s closing value of $28.69.
Movements in GM stock value for the week were as follows:
- Monday, March 9th: General Motors stock opened at $26.00 and closed at $24.69
- Tuesday, March 10th: GM stock opened at $25.98 and closed at $27.12
- Wednesday, March 11th: GM stock opened at $26.00 and closed at $26.00
- Thursday, March 12th: GM stock opened at $23.60 and closed at $23.04
- Friday, March 13th: General Motors stock opened at $24.60 and rose to $24.71 by market close
The above-average decrease in GM stock value is the fourth consecutive week of decline, following last week’s drop of 6 percent, which was preceded by a 12 percent drop.
Prior to the downward movement, GM shares experienced two consecutive weeks of growth, which in turn followed two weeks of decline. GM share values have been experiencing this continued ebb and flow since mid-2018, though the performance is ultimately a net loss for GM shareholders. The global impact of the coronavirus is negatively affecting the stock market as a whole. There are even claims that the infamous bug may have caused delays at the Flint Assembly plant in Michigan. However, the automaker is continuing mandatory overtime at the plant.
There is some good news, though. A recent analysis shows that GM’s full-size SUVs outsold all rivals combined in 2019. Additionally, new products are on the horizon, including the recently-announced GMC Hummer EV pickup, GM’s advanced new proprietary Ultium batteries, which debuted at GM EV Day this week, and new modular BEV3 platform, which will underpin the Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover and Cadillac Celestiq electric sedan.
For the most part, GM stock was in limbo throughout most of 2019, and has only faced more adversity in 2020. GM stock saw an initial jump in value as a result of overwhelmingly positive Q2 2019 earnings, wherein the automaker outperformed expectations. Several subsequent drops in value prior to the strike are believed to have been related to warning signs of an economic slowdown, along with various escalations with trade wars in China.
By comparison, shares of GM’s cross-town rival, the Ford Motor Company, decreased $0.86 per share, or 13 percent, this week.
Over the last few years, GM has taken many steps to increase the value of its stock, including exiting markets where it can’t find ways to turn a profit (such as Europe, South Africa and India), closing plants in various parts of the world, divesting loss-making divisions (such as Opel-Vauxhall), making adjustments to its business model in order to prioritize profitability over chasing market-share goals, focusing on its Cadillac luxury brand to increase its share of high-profit automobiles, investing heavily into new-age mobility ventures such as electric vehicles and autonomous driving tech, while discontinuing some sedans (Cruze, Impala, LaCrosse, XTS, CT6) and closing various plants to focus on more profitable crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks, such as the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade that was unveiled on February 4th.
Seeking to further streamline its activities in unprofitable markets, General Motors also announced its intention to phase out the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to pulling the Chevrolet brand out of Thailand and selling its Rayong assembly plant to Great Wall Motors.
Despite these actions, the value of GM stock has struggled to surpass the $40 mark, spending most of its time stuck in the $33-$38 per share range. The chain of events is problematic given that the “new GM” had its Initial Public Offering (IPO) at $33 per share in November 2010, causing frustration upon many investors.
We remain interested in seeing how GM stock performs through the early stages of 2020, especially as the Detroit-based automaker continues the launch of its GEM-based vehicles for developing markets and begins to launch its all-new full-size SUVs and various new Cadillac models this year. In addition, the roll-out of its full-size pickup trucks is now complete, which means the company will benefit from an entire calendar year with a full lineup. All of these products are expected to contribute significantly to GM’s bottom line.
The automaker is also planning to roll out the Cruise Origin, its autonomous ride-sharing vehicle in 2022, which will be built at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan. GM sees the robo-taxi service as a significant opportunity for growth.