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LKQ Corporation (LKQ): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, LKQ Corporation fell $0.37 (-1.4%) to $25.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,183,751 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,417,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.80-$26.30 after having opened the day at $26.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.29. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 3.4%, Arctic Cat ( ACAT), down 2.9%, American Axle & Mfg Holdings ( AXL), down 1.9% and Winnebago Industries ( WGO), down 1.6%.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 8.8%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), up 2.4%, Meritor ( MTOR), up 2.3% and Supreme Industries ( STS), up 2.3% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Autoliv ( ALV) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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