Dana Holding Corp (DAN): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

Dana ( DAN) 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, Dana fell $0.33 (-1.6%) to $20.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,887,523 shares of Dana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,354,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.58-$21.14 after having opened the day at $21.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.95. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 2.7%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 2.0% and Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), down 2.0%.

Dana Holding Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and supply of driveline products, technologies, and service parts for vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Dana has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dana 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, good cash flow from operations 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 positive front, Navistar International ( NAV), up 9.7%, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), up 6.8%, Accuride ( ACW), up 5.3% and Westport Innovations ( WPRT), up 4.9%.

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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