PACCAR Inc (PCAR): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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PACCAR ( PCAR) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, PACCAR fell $0.60 (-1.1%) to $54.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,058,992 shares of PACCAR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,369,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.95-$54.84 after having opened the day at $54.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.83. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 4.0%, Tata Motors ( TTM), down 3.7%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 3.2% and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 3.1%.

PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket parts worldwide. PACCAR has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PACCAR a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PACCAR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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 positive front, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 4.6% and China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 2.0%.

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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