Navistar International Corp (NAV): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Navistar International ( NAV) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Navistar International rose $0.49 (1.6%) to $32.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,709,660 shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,207,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.62-$33.30 after having opened the day at $31.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.65. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Winnebago Industries ( WGO), up 3.5%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 1.8% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), up 1.8%.

Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, and school and commercial buses; and provides service parts for trucks and diesel engines worldwide. Navistar International has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 6.5%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 6.2%, Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), down 4.2% and Accuride ( ACW), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Harley-Davidson ( HOG) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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