TRW Automotive Holdings Corp (TRW): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, TRW Automotive Holdings rose $0.85 (1.2%) to $69.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 997,170 shares of TRW Automotive Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 930,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.27-$70.20 after having opened the day at $69.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.66. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Maidenform Brands ( MFB), up 22.4%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), up 14.0%, Hanesbrands ( HBI), up 7.9% and Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT), up 7.4%.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. supplies automotive systems, modules, and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and related aftermarkets. The company operates in four segments: Chassis Systems, Occupant Safety Systems, Electronics, and Automotive Components. TRW Automotive Holdings has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TRW Automotive Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TRW Automotive Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 25.5%, iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), down 13.4%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 10.4% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 9.3% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Constellation Brands ( STZ) 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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