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Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Delphi Automotive fell $0.72 (-1.3%) to $54.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,048,438 shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,057,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.59-$55.51 after having opened the day at $55.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.63. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 7.8%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 5.6%, Standard Motor Products ( SMP), down 5.4% and SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 5.2%.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 45.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 2.8% and Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 1.8%.

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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