Westport Innovations (WPRT): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Westport Innovations ( WPRT) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Westport Innovations fell $1.30 (-3.6%) to $34.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Westport Innovations exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.66-$35.50 after having opened the day at $35.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.90. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 5.2%, Meritor ( MTOR), down 4.3%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 4%, and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), down 3.7%.

Westport Innovations Inc. provides alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that enable engines to operate on fuels, such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels. Westport Innovations has a market cap of $2.01 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Westport Innovations a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westport Innovations as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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