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

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Johnson Controls ( JCI) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $0.56 (1.3%) to $42.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,510,153 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,744,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.58-$43.00 after having opened the day at $42.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.17. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 13.5%, Wabco Holdings Incorporated ( WBC), up 3.8%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), up 3.3% and Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 2.2%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $29.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 38.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 negative front, Winnebago Industries ( WGO), down 3.7%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 3.3%, Federal Signal ( FSS), down 2.7% and Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 2.4%.

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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