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 down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $2.91 (-2.4%) to $117.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 656,200 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 661,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $117.49-$119.48 after having opened the day at $118.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.46. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 6.8%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 4.5%, Tata Motors ( TTM), down 4.3% and Douglas Dynamics ( PLOW), down 3.6%.
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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 $206.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Icahn ( IEP), down 2.6%, Remy International ( REMY), down 2.5% and Miller Industries ( MLR), down 1.8%.

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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