Ford Motor

(

F

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose 11 cents (1.2%) to $9.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 39.4 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.01-$9.18 after having opened the day at $9.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), up 26.7%,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

), up 14.3%,

TRW Automotive Holdings

(

TRW

), up 5.5%, and

Standard Motor Products

(

SMP

), up 4%.

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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 $33.56 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.9, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

On the negative front,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), down 10.8%,

Tesla Motors

(

TSLA

), down 7.3%,

Supreme Industries

(

STS

), down 5.4%, and

Meritor

(

MTOR

), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the automotive industry with

General Motors

(

GM

) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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

(

XLY

) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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