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 1.6%. By the end of trading, Johnson Controls rose $1.11 (2.5%) to $45.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,141,111 shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,823,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.50-$45.86 after having opened the day at $44.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.63. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 8.9%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 8.3%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 6.7% and Dana ( DAN), up 5.7%.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $29.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Stoneridge ( SRI), down 9.4%, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), down 7.5%, Strattec Security Corporation ( STRT), down 5.2% and Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 3.8%.

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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