Ford Motor Co (F): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.23 (1.4%) to $16.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,682,293 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,000,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.90-$16.07 after having opened the day at $15.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.84. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Icahn ( IEP), up 8.3%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 5.3%, Wabco Holdings Incorporated ( WBC), up 5.2% and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 4.2%.

Ford Motor Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $60.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 10.3% and LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 2.4%.

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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