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

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $1.56 (-1.3%) to $118.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,060,999 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 585,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $117.16-$118.68 after having opened the day at $117.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.70. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 8.4%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 7.1%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 4.4% and Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), down 2.2%.
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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 $183.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 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 good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 24.4%, Stoneridge ( SRI), down 9.9%, Federal Signal ( FSS), down 5.3% and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 4.3% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Johnson Controls ( JCI) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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