Navistar International Corp (NAV): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Navistar International ( NAV) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Navistar International fell $1.58 (-4.0%) to $38.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,228,750 shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,019,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.91-$39.75 after having opened the day at $39.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.71. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Tata Motors ( TTM), down 3.3%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 1.9%, Honda Motor ( HMC), down 1.7% and Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), down 1.7%.

Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, buses, diesel engines, and recreational vehicles, as well as provides service parts for trucks and trailers worldwide. Navistar International has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 74.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 4.4%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 3.1%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.7% and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), up 1.9%.

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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