How to buy General Motors (GM) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in General Motors shares.

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General Motors Company is an auto manufacturers business with stocks listed in the US. General Motors shares (GM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$59.84 – an increase of 3.4% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in General Motors

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for General Motors. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GM. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until General Motors reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$59.84, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of General Motors, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of General Motors. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

General Motors stock price (NYSE:GM)

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

General Motors shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-04.
52-week rangeUS$40.0404 - US$65.18
50-day moving average US$57.9554
200-day moving average US$56.4621
Target priceUS$72.54
PE ratio 7.9912
Dividend yield US$0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$7.472

Where to buy General Motors stock

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US$0
0.70%
ASX shares, Global shares
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US$0
50 pips (US$0.50 for every AU$100 exchanged)
ASX shares, US shares
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US$4
1%
ASX shares, Global shares, ETFs
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US$0
0.60%
ASX shares, Global shares, mFunds, ETFs
$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
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SelfWealth (Basic account)
US$9.5
0.60%
ASX shares, US shares
Trade ASX and US shares for a flat fee of $9.50, regardless of the trade size.
New customers receive free access to Community Insights with SelfWealth Premium for the first 90 days. Follow other investors and benchmark your portfolio performance.
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Is it a good time to buy General Motors stock?

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General Motors price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $59.84

1 week (2021-11-29) -0.03%
3 months (2021-09-07) 22.82%
1 year (2020-12-07) 35.05%
2 years (2019-12-06) 68.37%
3 years (2018-12-07) 72.50%
5 years (2016-12-07) 64.85%

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 0.6718. 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 US$17.8 billion (£13.5 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 US$130.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.52%
Gross profit TTM US$14.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.26%
Return on equity TTM 20.26%
Profit margin 8.5%
Book value 36.1
Market capitalisation US$86.9 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 12/31/2018) 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.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

General Motors Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.74
Total ESG percentile 58.58
Environmental score 13.14
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 14.04
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 10.56
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 4

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 US$40.0404 up to US$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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