On Wednesday, the 6th of May 2020, the Detroit-based United States’ No. 1 automotive industry tycoon, General Motors Co. had unveiled its plan to resume operations at its North American production hubs as early as by May 18th, while the American multinational carmaker had also reported a better-than-anticipated quarterly earnings’ report over the first quarter of the year, eventually lifting up the shares’ prices of GM by as much as 8.52 per cent in pre-market trading.
Nevertheless, after gaining just a notch shy of 5 per cent in pre-market trading to $22.25 per share, NYSE-listed General Motors stocks had wrapped up the day 2.96 per cent higher to $21.89 a share following a late-session sell-off wave amid growing uncertainties over the pandemic which has been keeping a lid on global money markets over the recent past.
However, the Detroit-carmaker had already cancelled its full-year profit forecast earlier this year due to the pandemic outbreak which has been flumping an already dwindling sale of passenger cars across the globe. Meanwhile, as GM had reported an en masse plunge of 88 per cent in its Q1, 2020, net income to $247 million compared to a $2.12 billion at the same time a year earlier, but had beaten an analysts’ estimate of an operating profit of 30 cents per share excluding one-time item, adding that even though the China sales were improving, the Q2, 2020, could have been the hardest hit, GM CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Dhivya Suryadevara said to the reporters in a post-earnings’ call on Wednesday (May 6th), “With the level of uncertainty out there, it’s too early to tell until the economy starts to open up. ”