Johnson Controls

(

JCI

) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls fell 38 cents (-1.3%) to $30.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.75-$30.61 after having opened the day at $30.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.52. Other company's within the Automotive industry that declined today were:

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), down 15.8%,

Tenneco

(

TEN

), down 3.8%,

Titan International

(

TWI

), down 3.7%, and

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), down 3.6%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $21.26 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 positive front,

Supreme Industries

(

STS

), up 11.1%,

Spartan Motors

(

SPAR

), up 3.9%,

Standard Motor Products

(

SMP

), up 2.7%, and

Federal Signal

(

FSS

), up 2.7%, were all gainers within the automotive industry with

Toyota Motor

(

TM

) being today's featured automotive industry winner.

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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