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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 1.5%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.17 (1.0%) to $17.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32,867,564 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,810,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.98-$17.15 after having opened the day at $17.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.92. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc Class A



), up 4.6%,

Johnson Controls



), up 4.4%,

Winnebago Industries



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), up 4.3% and




), up 3.5%.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $65.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ford Motor

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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




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