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Autoliv

(

ALV

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Autoliv rose $2.39 (2.7%) to $90.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,177,295 shares of Autoliv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.60-$90.95 after having opened the day at $89.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.28. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Modine Manufacturing Company

(

MOD

), up 10.6%,

Tenneco

(

TEN

), up 2.9% and

Strattec Security Corporation

(

STRT

), up 2.1%.

Autoliv, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and supply of automotive safety systems to the automotive industry. Autoliv has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Autoliv a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Autoliv

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Lear Corporation

(

LEA

), down 5.9%,

Navistar International

(

NAV

), down 5.3%,

Standard Motor Products

(

SMP

), down 3.1% and

Dana

(

DAN

), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with

Ford Motor

(

F

) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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