US auto sales continue to improve this year, yet shares of the country's biggest carmakers are lagging.
Auto sales are booming, and these shares are the best way to profit.
Disappointing data from both countries undermined last week's optimism, as markets also digested the European country's downgrade to BBB+ by Fitch.
Anticipation of numbers that beat the estimates has investors in an upbeat mood early on Friday.
Although these divisions don't often offer much in terms of unit sales, their fat margins make them indispensable for car companies.
The current Silverados haven't been refreshed in six years and GM has to offer huge incentives to compete with Ford and Chrysler.
The 2 big trends that brought us here -- autos and housing -- are not going away so readily.
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