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

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $1.27 (1.1%) to $120.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 549,925 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 393,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.63-$120.54 after having opened the day at $120.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.19. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 17.1%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 9.2%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), up 9.0% and STR Holdings ( STRI), up 8.7%.

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 $205.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), down 10.1%, Skechers USA ( SKX), down 7.4%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 7.1% and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Mattel ( MAT) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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