Polaris Industries Inc. (PII): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Polaris Industries ( PII) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Polaris Industries rose $1.33 (1.8%) to $76.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 766,060 shares of Polaris Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 803,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.55-$76.89 after having opened the day at $75.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.19. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Enova Systems ( ENA), up 83.7%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 5.6%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 3%, and Modine Manufacturing Company ( MOD), up 2.7%.

Polaris Industries Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in designing, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and on-road vehicles primarily in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Polaris Industries has a market cap of $5.15 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Polaris Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Polaris Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Navistar International ( NAV), down 9.1%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 5.1%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 5%, and SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 4.1%, were all laggards within the automotive industry with Westport Innovations ( WPRT) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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