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Navistar International

(

NAV

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Navistar International rose 34 cents (1.5%) to $23.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.18-$25.08 after having opened the day at $24.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.98. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Motorcar Parts of America

(

MPAA

), up 6.7%,

Orbital

(

OBT

), up 3.2%,

Winnebago Industries

(

WGO

), up 1.8%, and

Fuel Systems Solutions

(

FSYS

), up 1.8%.

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Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, buses, diesel engines, recreational vehicles (RVs), and chassis, as well as provides service parts for trucks and trailers. Navistar International has a market cap of $1.73 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.4, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 1.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 39.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR

(

ZX

), down 10%,

Accuride

(

ACW

), down 6.6%,

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), down 4%, and

Tesla Motors

(

TSLA

), down 4%, were all laggards within the automotive industry with

Ford Motor

(

F

) 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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