Williams Controls Inc. (WMCO): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

The automotive industry closed the day down 2.9%. Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW) were all winners today within the automotive industry with Williams Controls Inc ( WMCO) being today's featured automotive winner. Williams Controls Inc rose 9 cents (0.8%) to $10.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,305 shares of Williams Controls Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares.

Williams Controls, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electronic throttle controls and pneumatic controls for heavy trucks, transit buses, off-road equipment, and military applications worldwide. Williams Controls Inc has a market cap of $79.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Controls as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Thor Industries Inc ( THO), Titan International Inc ( TWI), Stoneridge Inc ( SRI), and Meritor Inc ( MTOR) were all losers within the automotive industry with Toyota Motor ( TM) 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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