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

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Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Delphi Automotive fell 41 cents (-1.1%) to $38.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.75-$39.36 after having opened the day at $39.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.22. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 8.9%, Limoneira ( LMNR), down 7.7%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 7%, and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 6.9%.
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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 $12.28 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six 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.

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