General Motors (NYSE:GM) has come a long way since its 2009 bankruptcy, but like anybody who goes through the bankruptcy experience, its credit rating got hit hard. Industrial companies like GM borrow money regularly, so good credit is important -- and GM's new leadership is hoping for an upgrade sometime this year.

In this video, contributor John Rosevear looks at what GM is doing to restore its credit -- and at what a return to an "investment grade" credit rating would mean for GM's stock price.

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