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Dana ( DAN) 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, Dana fell $0.23 (-1.2%) to $19.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,344,512 shares of Dana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,491,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.44-$20.02 after having opened the day at $19.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.90. Other companies within the Automotive industry that declined today were: Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 2.0% and Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 1.6%.

Dana Holding Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and supply of driveline products, technologies, and service parts for vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Dana has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 331.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dana as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Fox Factory ( FOXF), up 4.2%, Cooper-Standard Holdings ( CPS), up 4.2%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 3.5% and Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the automotive industry with Visteon ( VC) 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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