Honda Motor

(

HMC

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Honda Motor rose 44 cents (1.5%) to $30.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 608,334 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 713,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.17-$30.56 after having opened the day at $30.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.88. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Meritor Inc

(

MTOR

), up 3%,

Monro Muffler/Brake Inc

(

MNRO

), up 2.6%,

Cycle Country Accessories Corporation

(

ATC

), up 2.4%, and

Williams Controls Inc

(

WMCO

), up 2.2%.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. Honda Motor has a market cap of $51.11 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of eight, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 19.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

), down 12.5%,

Chicago Rivet & Machine

(

CVR

), down 6%,

Strattec Security Corporation

(

STRT

), down 5.5%, and

Thor Industries Inc

(

THO

), down 4.9%, were all losers within the automotive industry with

PACCAR Inc

(

PCAR

) 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

(

XLY

) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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