Automotive Industry Underperformer Of The Day: Johnson Controls Inc (JCI)

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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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls fell 44 cents (-1.3%) to $33.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.08-$33.77 after having opened the day at $33.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.78. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Allison Transmission Holdings ( ALSN), down 2.9%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 2.8%, China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 2.3%, and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 1.8%.
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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 $23.41 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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