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Toyota Motor



) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $2.07 (1.9%) to $110.53 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 857,677 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 417,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.25-$111.98 after having opened the day at $110.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.46. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

SORL Auto Parts



), up 3.1%,

Patrick Industries



), up 2.7%,

Tata Motors



), up 2.2% and




), up 2.0%.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $171.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Toyota Motor

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Shiloh Industries



), down 9.2%,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide



), down 5.9%,

Wabash National Corporation



), down 3.9% and




), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with

Tesla Motors



) 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



) while those bearish on the automotive industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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