Ford Motor Co (F): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose 34 cents (3%) to $11.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 45 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.43-$11.75 after having opened the day at $11.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.39. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Dana ( DAN), up 9.4%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 7.1%, Meritor ( MTOR), up 6.6%, and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), up 6.6%.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles and related parts worldwide. The company operates through 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 $42.51 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.3, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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

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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