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

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Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls fell $0.50 (-1.2%) to $40.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,494,155 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,010,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.37-$41.07 after having opened the day at $40.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.92. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 38.0%, Mondelez International ( MDLZ), down 25.1%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 22.9% and Verso Paper ( VRS), down 9.8%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 33.4% 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, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 42.4%, Exceed Company ( EDS), up 25.3%, Fossil Group ( FOSL), up 17.8% and Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 7.5% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with McCormick & Company ( MKC) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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