Why General Motors Stock Sank Today

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Lousy economic news is the major culprit today, with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis having just downgraded its assessment of the economy's performance in Q1 to a contraction of 1.6%, and the Commerce Department reporting that "core" U.S. inflation remains high at 4.7% (and that doesn't even count inflation from higher food and energy prices) -- at the same time as consumer disposable income is falling. As you might expect, none of this is great news for General Motors (NYSE: GM), which needs consumers to remain financially healthy so that they can afford to buy its cars. Accordingly, GM stock is sinking 3.3% through 11:40 a.m. ET today.