Navistar International Corp (NAV): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Navistar International ( NAV) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Navistar International fell $0.33 (-1.1%) to $30.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,186,382 shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,174,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.27-$31.19 after having opened the day at $31.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.97. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 4.6%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), down 4.0%, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), down 3.5% and Accuride ( ACW), down 2.9%.
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Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, buses, diesel engines, and recreational vehicles, as well as provides service parts for trucks and trailers worldwide. Navistar International has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 42.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 5.7%, Stoneridge ( SRI), down 4.4%, Dorman Products ( DORM), down 4.3% and American Axle & Mfg Holdings ( AXL), down 3.9% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with PACCAR ( PCAR) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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