Tata Motors Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Indian carmaker Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM  ) were up more than 10% in intraday trading on excitement over the company's sales projections.

So what: Tata announced that it expects sales from its Ace family of light commercial vehicles to be up more than 50% from last year. In units, the company is expecting as many as 250,000 versus a tally of 160,000 last year.

Now what: Commercial vehicles are a key piece of Tata's business, so it's little surprise that talk of the hefty sales bump got investors excited. Tata's stock has been on an absolute tear since earlier in the year and has more than doubled since May. It seems as if the stock is overdue for a cooling off, but at the same time the valuation doesn't look overly pricey. While most U.S. investors are still busy kicking around GM (NYSE: GM  ) , Tata may be a better car company to have on your radar.

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  • Report this Comment On November 24, 2010, at 3:22 PM, Maksani wrote:

    He who hesitates looses. Lost $200 with GM; would have gained $350+ if I had gone foreign. If GM had put off their IPO until the Volt was on the market I think the stocks would be rising instead of falling. Bad call by the CEO.

  • Report this Comment On November 24, 2010, at 4:01 PM, phoebe44 wrote:

    I bought TTM at $3.50 and $3.25 a share a couple years ago -- same time I bought GM for about the same price. TTM is a class act for sure. Only going to get better and better IMHO because the owners of this company demand quality for the people who purchase their product.

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