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

Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $0.36 (1.0%) to $35.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,529,457 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,051,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.50-$35.88 after having opened the day at $35.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.36. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Westport Innovations ( WPRT), up 7.5%, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), up 4.8%, Winnebago Industries ( WGO), up 4.1% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), up 4.0%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Tata Motors ( TTM), down 4.0%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 3.4%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), down 2.3% and SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Navistar International ( NAV) 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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