Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $1.49 (-1.4%) to $101.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 608,545 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $100.33-$101.91 after having opened the day at $101.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.59. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: VeriFone Systems ( PAY), down 42.8%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 13.3%, Dorman Products ( DORM), down 10.1%, and Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 9.6%.
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Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $162.33 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Treehouse Foods ( THS), up 10.1%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 8.1%, Fuwei Films Company ( FFHL), up 6.9%, and Clearwater Paper ( CLW), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Lorillard ( LO) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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