Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Tesla Motors ( TSLA) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors fell $4.48 (-2.9%) to $147.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,535,985 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,164,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $145.95-$154.90 after having opened the day at $152.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.46. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 9.9%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 7.3%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), down 7.2% and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 6.6%.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 336.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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 positive front, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 35.8%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 8.6%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 8.2% and Coca-Cola HBC AG ADR ( CCH), up 7.2% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Mondelez International ( MDLZ) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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