Johnson Controls Inc (JCI): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $1.03 (2.8%) to $38.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,084,260 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,785,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.74-$38.33 after having opened the day at $37.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.03. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 19.2%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 13.7%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 11.4% and Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 9.9%.
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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 $25.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 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.

On the negative front, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 85.6%, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 11.1%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 9.0% and China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Ralph Lauren ( RL) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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