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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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $0.61 (1.3%) to $46.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,334,550 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,824,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.56-$47.12 after having opened the day at $46.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.31. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Under Armour

(

UA

), up 22.9%,

Pitney Bowes

(

PBI

), up 19.0%,

Harman International Industries

(

HAR

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), up 17.4% and

Tofutti Brands

(

TOF

), up 16.3%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Crumbs Bake Shop

(

CRMB

), down 9.3%,

Whirlpool Corporation

(

WHR

), down 6.6%,

Fuwei Films (Holdings

(

FFHL

), down 6.3% and

Callaway Golf Company

(

ELY

), down 5.4%.

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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