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Do you consider a stock's sales trends when making investment decisions? We ran a screen with this idea in mind. Given the turmoil in the Auto sector in 2008, we thought it would be useful to track the performance today.

We screened the Automobile sector sphere for stocks with weak sales trends, comparing growth in revenue to growth in accounts receivable. Since accounts receivable is the portion of revenue not yet received, and there is no guarantee the money will ever be received, the smaller the portion of revenue made up of receivables, the healthier the company's revenue.

We specifically looked for stocks seeing slower growth in revenue than accounts receivable year-over-year, as well as accounts receivable comprising a larger portion of current assets over the same time period.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Clearly analysts still believe this is a promising market:

Do you think these stocks are in hot water? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by change in revenue over the last year.

1. Dorman Products, Inc. (DORM): Supplies original equipment dealer automotive replacement parts, and fasteners and service line products primarily for the automotive aftermarket. Market cap at $1.24B, most recent closing price at $34.03. Revenue grew by 19.78% during the most recent quarter ($156.41M vs. $130.58M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 38.98% during the same time period ($140.56M vs. $101.14M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, increased from 34.58% to 38.69% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-09-29 to 13 weeks ending 2011-09-24).

2. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (OTCPK:NSANY): Engages in the manufacture and sale of automotive products, industrial machinery, and marine equipment primarily in Japan, North America, and Europe. Market cap at $39.98B, most recent closing price at $19.61. Revenue grew by 5.47% during the most recent quarter ($2,410,416M vs. $2,285,492M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 20.59% during the same time period ($4,066,029M vs. $3,371,763M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, increased from 55.05% to 60.04% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

3. General Motors Company (GM): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $39.95B, most recent closing price at $25.51. Revenue grew by 2.33% during the most recent quarter ($37,576M vs. $36,719M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 59.43% during the same time period ($16,759M vs. $10,512M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, increased from 16.42% to 23.24% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

4. Federal-Mogul Corp. (FDML): Federal-Mogul Corporation supplies powertrain and safety technologies worldwide. Market cap at $720.98M, most recent closing price at $7.29. Revenue grew by -7.51% during the most recent quarter ($1,602M vs. $1,732M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 21.34% during the same time period ($1,450M vs. $1,195M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, increased from 35.62% to 45.14% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

5. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS): Engages in the design, manufacture, and supply of alternative fuel components and systems for use in the transportation, industrial, and power generation markets primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America. Market cap at $303.9M, most recent closing price at $15.18. Revenue grew by -10.22% during the most recent quarter ($89.56M vs. $99.76M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 4.58% during the same time period ($79.05M vs. $75.59M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, increased from 24.77% to 28.19% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 Automobile Companies With Troubling Sales Trends