Westport Innovations

(

WPRT

) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.8%. By the end of trading, Westport Innovations fell $1.64 (-4.1%) to $38.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Westport Innovations exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.19-$40.40 after having opened the day at $40.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.16.

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Westport Innovations Inc. provides alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that enable engines to operate on fuels, such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels. Westport Innovations has a market cap of $2.14 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Westport Innovations a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westport Innovations as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), up 18.8%,

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), up 15.4%,

Accuride

(

ACW

), up 11.3%, and

Wabco Holdings Incorporated

(

WBC

), up 8%, were all gainers within the automotive industry with

Autoliv

(

ALV

) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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