Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $2.41 (2.0%) to $121.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 680,398 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 368,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.19-$121.09 after having opened the day at $120.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.63. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Honda Motor ( HMC), up 3.9%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc Class A ( HY), up 3.7%, Supreme Industries ( STS), up 3.4% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), up 3.4%.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $188.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 2.9%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 2.9%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 2.7% and Icahn ( IEP), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Ford Motor ( F) 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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