Bailout Watch 180: Wall Street Waiting For "Urgent" GM Bailout
In a new report covered by Automotive News [sub], Goldman Sachs says GM will end the year with $12.5 billion in cash, and will need at least $22b in government money to survive. Goldman is suspending GM’s rating, putting the automaker on a “wait-and-see” basis until further bailout details emerge. Meanwhile, JP Morgan cut its GM rating to “neutral” from “overweight” saying the automaker needs “something immediately” to make it through the end of the year. Morgan also slashed GM’s stock price target, from $3.08 to $1.84, about a dollar off its trading price of $2.89 at the time of this writing. And while Goldman set the bailout minimum at $22b, Morgan reckons the bill for righting the General “could easily reach $30 billion unless GM reforms its vast liability structure.” GM stock is currently down about five percent on the day, although it’s shown resiliance to earlier Deutsche Bank analysis which valued the stock at precisely bupkis. Still, urgency is the common thread that ties all the analysis together, and if news doesn’t improve soon for GM, its stockholders could see their paper become worthless in short order. Rest assured, TTAC will have the latest developments as they occur.