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

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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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $1.88 (1.5%) to $130.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 296,237 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 628,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $128.46-$130.55 after having opened the day at $128.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.32. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Tata Motors ( TTM), up 7.1%, Visteon ( VC), up 6.7%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 6.3% and China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), up 5.9%.

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 $202.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 37.6% 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 3.0%, Gentherm ( THRM), down 1.9% and SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 1.7% , 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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