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

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Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.4%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor fell $2.01 (-1.8%) to $112.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 553,831 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 418,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $112.08-$114.15 after having opened the day at $113.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.76. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 8.7%, Meritor ( MTOR), down 7.4%, Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), down 6.7% and Icahn ( IEP), down 6.6%.

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 $202.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.9% 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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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