Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard - TheStreet

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Toyota Motor



) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $3.02 (-2.5%) to $116.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 653,459 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 732,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $115.28-$117.67 after having opened the day at $117.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.55. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were:

Fuwei Films (Holdings



), down 13.6%,

Tufco Technologies



), down 13.0%,

Tianli Agritech



), down 12.5% and

Coldwater Creek



), down 10.2%.

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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 $201.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,




), down 11.2%,

Chiquita Brands International



), down 6.1%,

Crumbs Bake Shop



), down 6.0% and

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America



), down 5.8%.

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) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

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