Why This Automaker Is Still So Cheap

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan and Austin discuss recent earnings from General Motors; in particular, why the company's stock remains so cheap. One of the main reasons is GM's exposure to Europe, where the company has lost over $15 billion since 1999. Investors have been hoping to hear GM's plans for turning around in Europe, a problem mainly due to an overcapacity problem and the continent's struggling economies. The fact that the U.S. government still owns over 30% of GM's common shares could be another factor helping keep the share price low, not to mention the company's $20 billion-plus pension obligations. Having said that, the stock is dirt cheap at under five times earnings. Is that justified, or does GM rate as a buy?

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At the time this article was published Austin Smith has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Brendan Byrnes owns shares of Ford. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendBorgWarner, Ford, and General Motors Company. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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