LKQ Corporation (LKQ): Automotive's Spotlighted Daily Leader

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LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, LKQ Corporation rose 32 cents (1.5%) to $22.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.59-$22.26 after having opened the day at $21.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.72. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), up 4.9%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 4%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), up 2.4%, and Arctic Cat ( ACAT), up 2.3%.
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LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $6.34 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 4.6%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 4.1%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 2.3%, and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 2.1%, were all laggards within the automotive industry with Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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