TRW Automotive Holdings Corp (TRW): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, TRW Automotive Holdings fell 90 cents (-1.9%) to $45.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 805,809 shares of TRW Automotive Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.79-$46.51 after having opened the day at $46.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Cereplast ( CERP), down 10%, Leapfrog ( LF), down 8.7%, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), down 8.4%, and Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 8.3%.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells automotive systems, modules, and components for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and related aftermarkets. TRW Automotive Holdings has a market cap of $5.53 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate TRW Automotive Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TRW Automotive Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 9.1%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 8.5%, and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 7.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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