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General Motors



) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose 63 cents (2.9%) to $22.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.32-$22.20 after having opened the day at $21.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.50. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Enova Systems



), up 18.2%,

Westport Innovations



), up 12.4%,

Shiloh Industries



), up 7.7%, and

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), up 6.4%.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $33.73 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, above the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 6.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

ATC Venture Group



), down 16.9%,

Chicago Rivet & Machine



), down 4.3%,

Commercial Vehicle Group



), down 4%, and

Supreme Industries



), down 3.2%, were all losers within the automotive industry with

Navistar International



) 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