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Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Oshkosh Corporation fell 47 cents (-1.2%) to $39.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 677,925 shares of Oshkosh Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.06-$39.89 after having opened the day at $39.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.98. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Supreme Industries ( STS), down 9.5%, China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 2%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 1.8%, and China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 1.8%.
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Oshkosh Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets a range of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies worldwide. Oshkosh Corporation has a market cap of $3.49 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Oshkosh Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oshkosh Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), up 7.4%, Lear Corporation ( LEA), up 6.3%, Monro Muffler Brake ( MNRO), up 4%, and Tenneco ( TEN), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the automotive industry with BorgWarner ( BWA) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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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