Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Tesla Motors ( TSLA) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors fell 53 cents (-1.6%) to $32.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 962,633 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.29-$33.47 after having opened the day at $32.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 3.9% and China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 2.4%.
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Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. The company offers Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $3.75 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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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