TRW Automotive Holdings Corp (TRW): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

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TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, TRW Automotive Holdings rose 52 cents (1.1%) to $48.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of TRW Automotive Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 939,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.35-$48.33 after having opened the day at $48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.63. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 14.7%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 4.1%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 4%, and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), up 3.1%.
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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 $5.68 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 negative front, Accuride ( ACW), down 10.1%, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), down 5.5%, Federal Signal ( FSS), down 4.3%, and Gentherm ( THRM), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the automotive industry with Polaris Industries ( PII) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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