Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Delphi Automotive fell $1.60 (-2.9%) to $53.72 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,051,198 shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,048,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.26-$54.98 after having opened the day at $54.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.32. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 6.1%, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), down 5.0%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), down 3.5% and Accuride ( ACW), down 2.7%.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), up 11.8%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 7.8%, Meritor ( MTOR), up 5.6% and Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) 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).

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