Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Harley-Davidson ( HOG) 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, Harley-Davidson fell $0.90 (-1.4%) to $64.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 905,930 shares of Harley-Davidson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,221,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.15-$65.81 after having opened the day at $65.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.36. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 4.2%, Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 3.6%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 3.4% and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 2.8%.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. manufactures heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycles. The company operates through two segments: the Motorcycles segment and the Financial Services segment. Harley-Davidson has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Harley-Davidson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harley-Davidson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 4.4%, Gentherm ( THRM), up 2.8%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 2.6% and Tata Motors ( TTM), up 2.6% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Navistar International ( NAV) 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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