The automotive industry closed the day up 2.6%. Thor Industries Inc ( THO), China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), Meritor Inc ( MTOR), and Drew Industries Inc ( DW) were all winners today within the automotive industry with Johnson Controls Inc ( JCI) being today's featured automotive winner. Johnson Controls Inc rose 69 cents (2.6%) to $27.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.6 million shares of Johnson Controls Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls Inc has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. 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 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Accuride ( ACW), China Automotive Systems Inc ( CAAS), SORL Auto Parts Inc ( SORL), and Orbital Corporation ( OBTMY) were all losers within the automotive industry with Lear Corporation ( LEA) being today's automotive industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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