Johnson Controls Inc

(

JCI

) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 4.4%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls Inc rose $1.51 (5.5%) to $29.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Johnson Controls Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.51-$29.18 after having opened the day at $28.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.59. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were:

Standard Motor Products

(

SMP

), up 14.3%,

Commercial Vehicle Group Inc

(

CVGI

), up 12.8%,

Strattec Security Corporation

(

STRT

), up 12%, and

Stoneridge Inc

(

SRI

), up 11.7%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls Inc has a market cap of $19.46 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 12.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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