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

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Visteon ( VC) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Visteon rose $1.06 (1.4%) to $77.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 602,920 shares of Visteon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 488,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.77-$78.09 after having opened the day at $76.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.84. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), up 7.3%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 6.7%, Tata Motors ( TTM), up 3.5% and Meritor ( MTOR), up 2.7%.

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 $3.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 2.2%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 2.1%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 2.0% and Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 1.9% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) being today's automotive industry laggard.

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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