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Ford Motor



) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose 24 cents (2.3%) to $10.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 43.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.68-$10.88 after having opened the day at $10.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.60. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

China Automotive Systems



), up 11.5%,

American Axle & Mfg Holdings



), up 6.5%,

Tesla Motors



), up 6.3%, and

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ATC Venture Group



), up 6.3%.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles and related parts worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.3, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a


. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Enova Systems



), down 9.8%,

Tata Motors



), down 2.9%,

Winnebago Industries



), down 2%, and

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide



), down 1.7%, were all losers within the automotive industry with

Westport Innovations



) being today's automotive industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the automotive industry could consider

Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR



) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods