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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $0.58 (1.1%) to $51.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,607,205 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,337,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.57-$51.53 after having opened the day at $50.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.61. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 9.0%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), up 2.9%, Cooper-Standard Holdings ( CPS), up 2.2% and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), up 2.1%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $34.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 4.2%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 3.6%, Remy International ( REMY), down 2.7% and Meritor ( MTOR), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the automotive industry with Navistar International ( NAV) 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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