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General Motors started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday, a day after its IPO raised US$20 billion. From a starting price of US$33 a share it rose as high as $35.95 in intraday trading before settling at $34.01. It closed at $34.19 on the New York Stock Exchange, a gain of 3.61% in its first day, where 456,071,375 shares changed hands.

Restructuring:

The process taken by management was to:

 1. Reduce labour rates and reduce the labour force

2. Shut down non productive manufacturing plants

3. Reduce the number of products

4. Reduce dealerships

5. Increase incentives to purchase a GM vehicle

6. Eliminate Leasing

GM video link:

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2010/11/20/gps.bailout.gm.cnn

Discussion Questions:

1. How many shares would you have to own to have “Significance Influence”?

2. Do you think GM stock will increase to $60 per share in a years’ time?

3. What steps would you have taken to turn GM around , from bankruptcy to a successful company?

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