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

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $1.43 (-1.1%) to $126.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 299,946 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 576,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $125.94-$127.19 after having opened the day at $126.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.20. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 6.3%, Honda Motor ( HMC), down 2.2% and Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 1.6%.

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 $204.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 38.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate 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 positive front, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 4.5%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 4.2%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 4.0% and Miller Industries ( MLR), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Tesla Motors ( TSLA) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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