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

Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor fell 8 cents (-0.8%) to $9.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 29.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.40-$9.52 after having opened the day at $9.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.57. Other company's within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Navistar International ( NAV), down 15.2%, Meritor ( MTOR), down 5.7%, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), down 4.6%, and Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 4.3%.

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 $35.96 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.1, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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