Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Tesla Motors ( TSLA) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors rose $2.26 (1.2%) to $190.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,868,005 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,505,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $186.43-$191.28 after having opened the day at $187.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.64. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Thor Industries ( THO), up 3.7%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 3.4%, Winnebago Industries ( WGO), up 2.7% and Monro Muffler Brake ( MNRO), up 1.7%.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 438.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 2.9%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), down 2.6%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 2.5% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with General Motors ( GM) 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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