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

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls fell $0.63 (-1.5%) to $40.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,624,892 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,943,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.46-$41.42 after having opened the day at $41.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.09. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Tata Motors ( TTM), down 4.4%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 2.5%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), down 2.4% and Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 2.1%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), up 9.6%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 6.5%, Accuride ( ACW), up 4.4% and TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Polaris Industries ( PII) being today's featured automotive industry leader.

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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.