Polaris Industries Inc. (PII): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Polaris Industries ( PII) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Polaris Industries rose $2.01 (1.6%) to $126.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 665,557 shares of Polaris Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 662,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $123.80-$126.83 after having opened the day at $124.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.30. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Gentherm ( THRM), up 5.1%, Accuride ( ACW), up 4.2%, Meritor ( MTOR), up 4.1% and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), up 3.7%.

Polaris Industries Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, manufactures, and marketes off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and on-road vehicles primarily in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Polaris Industries has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Polaris Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Polaris Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 4.4%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 4.3% and Cooper-Standard Holdings ( CPS), down 1.7%.

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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