Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Harley-Davidson ( HOG) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Harley-Davidson fell $1.32 (-3.1%) to $40.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Harley-Davidson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.59-$41.99 after having opened the day at $41.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.11. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Enova Systems ( ENA), down 5.6%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), down 4.7%, Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), down 4.1%, and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 2.8%.
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Harley-Davidson, Inc. engages in the production and sale of heavyweight motorcycles. It operates in two segments, Motorcycles and Related Products, and Financial Services. Harley-Davidson has a market cap of $9.64 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, above the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 13.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Harley-Davidson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harley-Davidson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. 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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