PACCAR Inc (PCAR): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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PACCAR ( PCAR) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, PACCAR rose 53 cents (1.4%) to $39.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of PACCAR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.40-$40.26 after having opened the day at $39.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.38. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Enova Systems ( ENA), up 12.4%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 9.6%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), up 5.7%, and China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), up 4.4%.

PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket parts worldwide. PACCAR has a market cap of $14.03 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, 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 Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate PACCAR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PACCAR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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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