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

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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $1.30 (1.0%) to $126.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 453,713 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 702,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $125.48-$126.66 after having opened the day at $126.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.90. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 12.9%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 6.5%, Federal Signal ( FSS), up 4.6% and Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), up 3.4%.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $198.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 33.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 negative front, Westport Innovations ( WPRT), down 2.8%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 1.8%, Navistar International ( NAV), down 1.8% and Gentex Corporation ( GNTX), down 1.7% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Harley-Davidson ( HOG) 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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