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

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Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor fell $0.50 (-2.9%) to $16.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 74,319,253 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,582,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.42-$17.20 after having opened the day at $17.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.06. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 4.0%, Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 3.1%, Gentherm ( THRM), down 3.0% and Federal Signal ( FSS), down 2.8%.

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 $66.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 16.5%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), up 5.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 3.9% and Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 2.0% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Gentex Corporation ( GNTX) 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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