The automotive industry closed the day up 3.2%. Commercial Vehicle Group Inc ( CVGI), Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), Federal-Mogul ( FDML), and Meritor Inc ( MTOR) were all winners today within the automotive industry with Ford Motor ( F) being today's featured automotive winner. Ford Motor rose 38 cents (3.6%) to $10.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 79.7 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 71.3 million shares.

Ford Motor Company primarily develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. It operates in two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of six and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Supreme Industries Inc ( STS), Cycle Country Accessories Corporation ( ATC), and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW) were all losers within the automotive industry with Motorcar Parts of America Inc ( MPAA) being today's automotive industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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).