Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Automotive Loser

The automotive industry closed the day down 4.4%. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), Swift Transportation ( SWFT), Accuride ( ACW), and Westport Innovations ( WPRT) were all decliners today within the automotive industry with Toyota Motor ( TM) being today's featured automotive loser. Toyota Motor fell $1.10 (-1.6%) to $67.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 520,653 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 572,300 shares.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $121 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 43.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cycle Country Accessories Corporation ( ATC), Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), and Chicago Rivet & Machine ( CVR) were all gainers within the automotive industry with Winnebago Industries ( WGO) being today's featured automotive industry winner.

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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