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Toyota Motor



) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $1.06 (-1.1%) to $94.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 558,332 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 401,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $94.15-$94.94 after having opened the day at $94.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.89. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were:

Honda Motor



), down 3.1%,

Orbital Corporation



), down 3%,

Tata Motors


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), down 2.6%, and

General Motors



), down 2.2%.

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Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $151.83 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,




), up 10.2%,

American Axle & Mfg Holdings



), up 5.2%,

Spartan Motors



), up 2.9%, and

Fuel Systems Solutions



), up 2.2%, were all gainers within the automotive industry with

Tesla Motors



) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR



) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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