The automotive industry closed the day up 2.5%. Polaris Industries Inc ( PII), Harley-Davidson Inc ( HOG), Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), and Chicago Rivet & Machine ( CVR) were all decliners today within the automotive industry with Meritor Inc ( MTOR) being today's featured automotive loser. Meritor Inc fell 8 cents (-0.9%) to $8.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Meritor Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares.

Meritor, Inc. provides drivetrain mobility and braking solutions for original equipment (OE) manufacturers of trucks, trailers, and specialty vehicles. It operates in three segments: Commercial Truck, Industrial, and Aftermarket & Trailer. Meritor Inc has a market cap of $846.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.7, above the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 25.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 59.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Meritor as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Swift Transportation ( SWFT), Supreme Industries Inc ( STS), Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), and Federal Signal ( FSS) were all gainers within the automotive industry with Ford Motor ( F) 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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