Tesla Motors ( TSLA) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors rose 45 cents (1.3%) to $34.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 948,410 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.03-$34.98 after having opened the day at $34.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.42. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Enova Systems ( ENA), up 25.6%, Federal Signal ( FSS), up 3.5%, Swift Transportation ( SWFT), up 3%, and Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), up 2.2%.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. It offers Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $3.41 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Wabco Holdings Incorporated ( WBC), down 3.5%, Arctic Cat ( ACAT), down 2.7%, Meritor ( MTOR), down 2.6%, and Lear Corporation ( LEA), down 2.6%, were all losers within the automotive industry with Polaris Industries ( PII) being today's automotive industry loser.

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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