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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Delphi Automotive fell $0.62 (-1.1%) to $58.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,530,985 shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,691,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.60-$58.54 after having opened the day at $58.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.83. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 6.2%, Accuride ( ACW), down 2.7%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 2.6% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 2.5%.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 51.6% 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 12.9%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), up 6.2%, Tenneco ( TEN), up 3.5% and Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), up 3.5%.

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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