Johnson Controls Inc (JCI): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls fell 33 cents (-1.3%) to $25.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.59-$26.16 after having opened the day at $25.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.92. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 12.7%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 7.4%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), down 5.3%, and Douglas Dynamics ( PLOW), down 4.9%.
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Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $18.27 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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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