Johnson Controls

(

JCI

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose 48 cents (1.6%) to $30.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.06-$30.96 after having opened the day at $30.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.36. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Frederick's of Hollywood Group

(

FOH

), up 20.8%,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), up 18.2%,

Westport Innovations

(

WPRT

), up 12.4%, and

AbitibiBowater

(

ABH

), up 11.9%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $20.62 billion and is part of the

automotive

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 negative front,

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), down 16.9%,

Key Technology

(

KTEC

), down 7.8%,

Cereplast

(

CERP

), down 6.6%, and

Deswell Industries

(

DSWL

), down 6.6%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with

Colgate-Palmolive Company

(

CL

) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods

(

IYK

) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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