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

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Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.28 (1.7%) to $17.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 28,650,269 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,787,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.83-$17.04 after having opened the day at $16.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.76. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 30.6%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 12.1%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 6.8% and Herbalife ( HLF), up 6.4%.

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 $65.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 10.1%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.6%, Reeds ( REED), down 5.9% and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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