Here’s Why Shares of GM Are Soaring Today

July 21, 2016, 12:37 PM UTC
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General Motors (GM) raised its forecast for full-year earnings after reporting a record second-quarter profit that handily beat Wall Street expectations.

Shares in the world’s third-largest automaker rose more than 6 percent to $33.45 in premarket trading.

GM said it expects adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of $5.50 to $6.00 per share for full-year 2016, up from a previous forecast of $5.25 to $5.75 per share.

GM said second-quarter net income rose to $2.87 billion, or $1.81 a share, from $1.1 billion, or 67 cents a share, a year ago. Adjusted earnings were $1.86 per share while Wall Street expected $1.52 per share.

More than 90 percent of its pretax profits came from North America, where profit margins rose to 12.1 percent from 10.5 percent a year before. The improvement was driven by demand for pickup trucks and large sport utility vehicles.


GM also reported its first quarterly profit in Europe in five years, but warned that currency and market disruptions caused by Britain’s decision to quit the European Union could slash $400 million from second-half results in Europe.

Chief financial officer Chuck Stevens told reporters that the cost of the acquisition of Cruise Automation to develop self-driving vehicles was about $581 million, which was split evenly between cash and stock.