Toyota gets a vote of confidence from investors - shares hit record high
Toyota shares are up 4.9 percent this year, while the Japanese market as a whole is down 2.5 percent.
Since mid-2005, Toyota's share price has gone from about 4,000 yen to today's close of 6,420 yen, a 60 percent gain. And analysts are still rating the company a 'buy,' with Deutsche Securities forecasting a 12-month price target of 7,200 yen.
While heavy capital spending has depressed profits and masked excellent sales results, Toyota's aggressive investment in manufacturing facilities worldwide is starting to pay dividends, with last week's earnings report showing a 14 percent jump in profits (helped along by a weak yen).
Currency factors aside, Toyota certainly has momentum working for it. The company's expansion of its manufacturing operations in Europe, North America and Asia, plus strong car and truck offerings in a broad range of market segments, are likely to pay off with strong earnings results for years to come.
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