General Motors upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache upgraded General Motors to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $51 from $36. The automaker closed Friday up 32c to $39.42. GM's autonomous vehicles will be ready for commercial deployment, without human drivers, much sooner than widely expected and possibly years ahead of competitors, Lache tells investors in a research note. The analyst estimates that 60% of U.S. households in dense urban centers could eventually find autonomous ride-share services more financially attractive than privately owned vehicles. He believes businesses built off of this platform will "ramp much faster than is widely expected." The potential valuation of GM's "burgeoning Mobility business is too big to ignore," Lache writes. The analyst believes GM's Mobility business could be worth $30B, or $20 per share.