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 up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors rose $6.44 (5.3%) to $126.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,275,021 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,702,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.52-$126.95 after having opened the day at $121.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.50. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 5.2%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 4.5%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 4.4% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), up 3.4%.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 256.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc Class A ( HY), down 1.9%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), down 1.8% and Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 1.5%.

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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