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Johnson Controls Inc (JCI): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Johnson Controls (JCI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose 92 cents (3.5%) to $27.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.74-$27.66 after having opened the day at $26.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.64. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Wabash National Corporation (WNC), up 13.9%, China Marine Food Group (CMFO), up 7.9%, Tempur-Pedic International (TPX), up 5.8%, and Synutra International (SYUT), up 5.8%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $18.29 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, China Shengda Packaging Group (CPGI), down 10.6%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), down 7.4%, Nautilus Group (NLS), down 6.4%, and Virco Manufacturing Corporation (VIRC), down 5.3%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Dean Foods Company (DF) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods (IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

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