Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $2.15 (1.9%) to $115.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 540,665 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 607,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $114.58-$116.29 after having opened the day at $115.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.69. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 21.5%, Winnebago Industries ( WGO), up 7.0%, Lear Corporation ( LEA), up 6.4% and LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 6.3%.
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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 $178.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 4.7%, Remy International ( REMY), down 4.1%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 3.4% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Dana ( DAN) 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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