Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Tesla Motors ( TSLA) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors rose $2.12 (2.2%) to $100.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,543,353 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,376,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $99.33-$102.52 after having opened the day at $100.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.18. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 5.3%, Stoneridge ( SRI), up 3.9%, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), up 3.8% and China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), up 2.2%.
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Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 188.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, 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 negative front, Miller Industries ( MLR), down 5.0%, Accuride ( ACW), down 4.0%, Federal Signal ( FSS), down 3.8% and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with PACCAR ( PCAR) 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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