Ford Motor Co (F): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.18 (1.2%) to $15.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 47,644,780 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,779,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.59-$15.06 after having opened the day at $15.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.82. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 5.3%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 4.5%, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), up 4.1% and Modine Manufacturing Company ( MOD), up 3.9%.
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Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 6.1%, Gentherm ( THRM), down 3.6%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 3.5% and Harley-Davidson ( HOG), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Tesla Motors ( TSLA) 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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