Visteon Corp. (VC): Today's Featured Automotive Laggard

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Visteon ( VC) pushed the Automotive industry lower today making it today's featured Automotive laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Visteon fell $0.92 (-1.3%) to $71.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 375,363 shares of Visteon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 509,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.72-$73.30 after having opened the day at $72.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.76. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), down 3.6% and Modine Manufacturing Company ( MOD), down 1.8%.

Visteon Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, supplies, and supports climate, electronic and interior systems, modules, and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates in three segments: Climate, Electronics, and Interiors. Visteon has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Visteon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visteon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 5.2%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), up 4.6%, Tata Motors ( TTM), up 3.3% and Federal Signal ( FSS), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) 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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