Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Delphi Automotive fell 72 cents (-1.9%) to $38.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.95-$38.86 after having opened the day at $38.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.81. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: American Axle & Mfg Holdings ( AXL), down 3.2%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 3.2%, Accuride ( ACW), down 3%, and Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), down 2.1%.
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Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components, as well as provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $12.22 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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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