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 1.3%. By the end of trading, Tesla Motors rose $8.76 (5.2%) to $178.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,066,561 shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,383,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $171.00-$178.98 after having opened the day at $171.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.62. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), up 8.0%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), up 7.2%, Tata Motors ( TTM), up 5.9% and Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 5.9%.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $21.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, Remy International ( REMY), down 3.0%, was a laggard within the automotive industry with Polaris Industries ( PII) being today's automotive industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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