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

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Ford Motor ( F) 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, Ford Motor rose $0.39 (2.3%) to $17.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 55,663,119 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,719,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.03-$17.35 after having opened the day at $17.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.91. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 4.3%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), up 3.9%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 3.8% and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 3.7%.

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 $63.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, good cash flow from operations, 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, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), down 3.9%, Standard Motor Products ( SMP), down 2.4% and Winnebago Industries ( WGO), down 1.7%.

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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