Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose 46 cents (0.6%) to $82.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 268,767 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 506,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.87-$82.49 after having opened the day at $81.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.83. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), up 14.7%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 13%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), up 10.2%, and Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS), up 9.2%.

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 $127.56 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 55.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK), down 25.4%, Callaway Golf Company ( ELY), down 14.3%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), down 11.8%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 8.8%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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