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Ford Motor

(

F

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.20 (1.3%) to $15.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,084,797 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,453,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.31-$15.58 after having opened the day at $15.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.25. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Meritor

(

MTOR

), up 5.2%,

Navistar International

(

NAV

), up 4.4%,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

), up 4.2% and

Wabash National Corporation

(

WNC

), up 4.1%.

Ford Motor Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories 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 $59.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ford Motor

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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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