DETROIT — General Motors Corp. shares rose Thursday on word that the automaker was close to a deal with Delphi Corp. and the United Auto Workers to help Delphi's hourly workers, but the UAW cast some doubt by hotly denying an agreement was imminent.
GM shares rose 92 cents, or 4.5%, to $21.34.
Delphi "is one of the chief things that was holding GM up and causing fears of bankruptcy," Burnham Securities analyst David Healy said. On Wall Street, "there's a collective sigh of relief."
But the UAW said media reports indicating the parties were close to an agreement were false and were a disservice to its members.
"There are many, many significant issues to be resolved," the union said in a statement. "Overall, the situation has changed very little since our last meeting."