22 Auto Industry Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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The automotive industry is one of the largest consumer industries in the world. It amassed 85.4 billion automobiles sold in 2013, according to the International Organization of Vehicle Manufacturers.

Despite the recent success, the automotive industry has proved to be sensitive to global economic volatility. For example, the industry was hit hard domestically from 2006-2010, when net profit in the new-vehicle department was negative each year.

The overall industry is comprised of numerous different segments, including auto manufactures, interiors, powertrain systems, body structures, tire and diversified manufacturers. In fact, the industry as a whole is forecast to accrue a total value of $1.7 trillion and reach volume of 168.2 million units, a 39.6% increase since 2010, according to a report by MarketResearch.com.

The purchase of a car is often attributed as one of the more unfavorable financial investments a consumer can make, but investing in the right automotive stock can prove to be very favorable.

What follows are twenty-two automotive industry stocks with descriptions from S&P, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com, which are worth looking over. Note that these ratings can change at any time. If you would like access to real-time ratings of these stocks, you can subscribe to TheStreet Quant Ratings. Buckle up.

22. Tesla Motors (TSLA)
Segment: Auto Manufacturers

Tesla Motors designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components.

The company also provides services for the development of electric powertrain systems and components, and sells electric vehicle powertrain components to other automotive manufacturers. It markets and sells its vehicles through Tesla stores and galleries, as well as over the Internet.

The company operates a network of 80 stores and galleries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates TESLA MOTORS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TESLA MOTORS INC (TSLA) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSLA Ratings Report

21. Tower International (TOWR)
Segment: Body Structures

Tower International manufactures and sells engineered structural metal components and assemblies for the automotive original equipment manufacturers in the Americas and Internationally.

The company offers body-structure stampings, frames, and other chassis structures, as well as complex welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

It also provides body structures and assemblies comprising structural metal components, including body pillars, roof rails, and side sills; and Class A surfaces and assemblies that consist of body sides, hoods, doors, fenders and pickup truck boxes.

In addition, the company offers lower vehicle frames and structures, such as pickup truck and SUV full frames, automotive engine and rear suspension cradles, floor pan components, and cross members; and stamped, formed, and welded suspension components, including control arms, suspension links, track bars, spring and shock towers, shackles, twist axles, radius arms, stabilizer bars, trailing axles and brackets.

Further, it provides body-in-white assemblies comprising front and rear floor pan assemblies, and door/pillar assemblies.

The company was formerly known as Tower Automotive and changed its name to Tower International in October 2010.

Tower International was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Livonia, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC (TOWR) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TOWR Ratings Report

20. Federal-Mogul Holdings (FDML)
Segment: Powertrain Systems

Federal-Mogul Holdings supplies various automotive components, accessories, and systems worldwide.

It operates in two divisions, Powertrain and Vehicle Components Solutions.

The Powertrain division offers various products, including pistons, piston rings, piston pins, cylinder liners, valve seats and guides, engine bearings, industrial bearings, bushings and washers, ignition products, dynamic seals, bonded piston seals, combustion and exhaust gaskets, static gaskets and seals, rigid heat shields, element resistant sleeving products, flexible heat shields and automotive lighting products.

The Vehicle Components Solutions division provides light and commercial vehicle disc pads, railway disc pads, light vehicle drum brake linings, commercial vehicle full length linings, commercial vehicle half blocks, railway brake blocks, driveline universal joints, combustion and exhaust gaskets, static gaskets and seals, and wipers, as well as chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links, idler arms and pitman arms. This division offers its products under the Abex, Beral, Ferodo, Necto, ThermoQuiet, Wagner, MOOG, National, Fel-Pro, Goetze, Payen, AE, FP Diesel, Glyco, Nural, Sealed Power, ANCO and Champion brand names. It serves original equipment manufacturers and servicers of automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, off-road, agricultural, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation, and industrial equipment markets, as well as various distributors, retail parts stores and mass merchants.

Federal-Mogul Holdings operates as a subsidiary of IEH FM Holdings LLC.

Federal-Mogul Holdings was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FEDERAL-MOGUL HOLDINGS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FEDERAL-MOGUL HOLDINGS CORP (FDML) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: FDML Ratings Report

19. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC)
Segment: Auto Manufacturers

Honda Motor manufactures and sells motorcycles, automobiles, and power products.

It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business and Power Product and Other Businesses.

The Motorcycle Business segment offers business and commuter models, as well as sports models, including trial and moto-cross racing motorcycle; all-terrain vehicles; and multi utility vehicles.

The Automobile Business segment manufactures various automobile products, such as passenger cars, light trucks and mini vehicles.

The Financial Services Business segment provides various financial services comprising retail lending, leasing and other financial services consisting of wholesale financing to dealers and customers.

The Power Product and Other Businesses segment manufactures various power products, including tillers, portable generators, general-purpose engines, grass cutters, outboard marine engines, water pumps, snow throwers, power carriers, power sprayers, lawn mowers and lawn tractors. It also offers compact home-use cogeneration units.

The company sells its products through independent retail dealers, outlets, and authorized dealerships primarily in Japan, North America, Europe and rest of Asia.

Honda Motor was founded in 1946 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates HONDA MOTOR CO LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HONDA MOTOR CO LTD (HMC) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HMC Ratings Report

18. China XD Plastics Co., Ltd. (CXDC)
Segment: Diversified

China XD Plastics, a specialty chemical company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sale of modified and engineering plastics product.

The company utilizes the products primarily for use in the fabrication of automobile parts and components in the People's Republic of China.

Its modified plastics are used to fabricate various auto components, including exteriors consisting of automobile bumpers, rearview and side view mirrors, and license plate parts; interiors, such as door panels, dashboards, steering wheels, glove compartments, and safety belt components; and functional components comprising air conditioner casings, heating and ventilation casings, engine covers, and air ducts.

The company also offers specially engineered plastics and environment-friendly plastics for use in oilfield equipment, mining equipment, vessel propulsion systems, and power station equipment.

China XD Plastics primarily sells its products to end customers through approved distributors, as well as directly.

The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Harbin, the People's Republic of China.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CHINA XD PLASTICS CO LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CHINA XD PLASTICS CO LTD (CXDC) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CXDC Ratings Report

17. Visteon Corp. (VC)
Segment: Interiors

Visteon provides climate, electronic and interior systems, modules and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide.

It operates in the Climate, Electronics and Interiors segments.

The Climate segment offers integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and components and modules that provide cooling and thermal management for the vehicle's engine and transmission, as well as for batteries and power electronics on hybrid and electric vehicles. This segment's products include evaporators, condensers, heater cores, climate controls, compressors, air handling cases, and fluid transport systems; and radiators, oil coolers, charge air coolers, exhaust gas coolers, battery and power electronics coolers and systems and fluid transport systems.

The Electronics segment offers audio/infotainment products, including audio and infotainment head units, connectivity solutions, amplifiers, and rear seat family entertainment systems; and a line of instrument clusters and displays ranging from standard analog-electronic clusters to high resolution TFT devices. This segment also provides a line of single zone electronic climate control modules; and decorative control panel technologies, including various modes for user interface technologies, various display and styling-related technologies, and a range of cockpit electronic features. In addition, it designs and manufactures body electronics and security modules for managing various access control and immobilization functions.

The Interior segment designs and manufactures cockpit modules, instrument panels, door and console modules, and interior trims. Further, the company sells its products for use as aftermarket and service parts to automotive original equipment manufacturers and others for resale through independent distribution networks.

It has strategic alliance with OpenSynergy GmbH.

The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Van Buren Township, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VISTEON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VISTEON CORP (VC) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: VC Ratings Report

16. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (AXL)
Segment: Powertrain Systems

American Axle & Manufacturing, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, engineering, validation and manufacture of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and chassis modules for automotive industry worldwide.

Its products include axles, chassis modules, driveshafts, power transfer units, transfer cases, chassis and steering components, driveheads, transmission parts and metal-formed products that transfer power from the transmission to the drive wheels.

The company offers its products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover and commercial vehicles.

American Axle & Manufacturing was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Detroit, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN AXLE & MFG HOLDINGS as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMERICAN AXLE & MFG HOLDINGS (AXL) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AXL Ratings Report

15. Superior Industries International, Inc. (SUP)
Segment: Tires

Superior Industries designs, manufactures and sells aluminum road wheels to the original equipment manufacturers in North America.

It supplies cast aluminum wheels to the automobile and light truck manufacturers.

The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL (SUP) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SUP Ratings Report

14. Shiloh Industries Inc. (SHLO)
Segment: Powertrain Systems

Shiloh Industries together with its subsidiaries, provides light weighting, as well as noise, vibration, and harshness solutions to automotive, commercial vehicle and other industrial markets.

It designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells first operation exposed and unexposed blanks, and advanced engineered welded blanks for use in exterior and structural components, such as fenders, hoods and doors principally to automotive and truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The company also provides engineered stampings and complex modular assemblies, such as components used in the structural and powertrain systems of a vehicle; structural systems comprising body-in-white applications and underbody modules; and powertrain systems consisting of deep draw components, such as oil pans, transmission pans and valve covers.

In addition, it offers various intermediate steel processing services, such as oiling, leveling, cutting-to-length, slitting, and edge trimming of hot and cold-rolled steel coils, as well as inventory control services for automotive and steel industry customers.

Further, the company provides aluminum light weighting solutions to vehicle systems; ShilohCore acoustic laminate metal solution; and precision tools and dies, and weld and secondary assembly equipment to OEMs and Tier I automotive part manufacturers.

The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Valley City, Ohio.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SHILOH INDUSTRIES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SHILOH INDUSTRIES INC (SHLO) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SHLO Ratings Report

13. Gentex Corp. (GNTX)
Segment: Interiors

Gentex designs, develops, manufactures, and markets electro-optical products for the automotive, commercial building and aircraft industries primarily in the United States, Germany and Japan.

It offers automotive mirrors, including automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, such as interior auto-dimming mirrors and exterior auto-dimming mirror sub-assemblies; and non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with electronic features.

The company also provides fire protection products, which include smoke alarms and smoke detectors combined with various models of signaling appliances for office buildings, hotels, motels, military bases, college dormitories, nursing homes, and other commercial establishments; and single-station alarms for commercial and residential applications.

In addition, it offers variable dimmable aircraft windows for aircraft manufacturers.

The company sells its automotive mirror products directly through a direct sales force; and fire protection products directly and through manufacturer representative organizations to fire protection and security product distributors, electrical wholesale houses, and original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems.

Gentex Corporation was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Zeeland, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GENTEX CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENTEX CORP (GNTX) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: GNTX Ratings Report

12. Ford Motor Co. (F)
Segment: Auto Manufacturers

Ford develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts and accessories worldwide.

The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services.

The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. It markets cars, utilities, trucks, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers in North America, South America, Europe, Turkey, Russia, and the Asia Pacific region. This sector also sells vehicles to dealers for sale to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments, as well as provides maintenance and repair services.

The Financial Services sector offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. This sector provides financing products, which include retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; leases for new vehicles to retail customers, government entities, daily rental car companies and fleet customers; wholesale financing that comprise loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; loans to dealers to finance working capital, purchase dealership real estate and other dealer vehicle program financing; and other financing products, as well as provides insurance services.

Ford was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FORD MOTOR CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FORD MOTOR CO (F) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: F Ratings Report

11. General Motors Co. (GM)
Segment: Auto Manufacturers

General Motors designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks and automobile parts worldwide.

The company markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Holden and Vauxhall brand names, as well as under the Alpheon, Jiefang, Baojun and Wuling brand names.

It also sells cars and trucks to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies and governments.

In addition, the company offers connected safety, security and mobility solutions, and information technology services.

The company, through its subsidiary, General Motors Financial, provides automotive financing services and lease products through GM dealerships in connection with the sale of used and new automobiles that target customers with sub-prime and prime credit bureau scores.

The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Detroit, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report

10. STRATTEC Security Corp. (STRT)
Segment: Diversified

STRATTEC Security is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and export of automotive access control products.

The company's products include mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, power sliding door systems, power lift gate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles, fobs, push button ignition systems, steering column lock housings, seatback and secondary latches, door handle components and trim and other access products.

It also provides full service and aftermarket support services for the company's products. STRATTEC Security offers its products under the VAST brand name.

It primarily serves automotive original equipment manufacturers and light truck manufacturers, as well as other transportation-related manufacturers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea and China.

The company offers its products directly, as well as through wholesale distributors and other marketers and users.

STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates STRATTEC SECURITY CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STRATTEC SECURITY CORP (STRT) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: STRT Ratings Report

9. Autoliv, Inc. (ALV)
Segment: Interiors

Autoliv, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and supplies automotive safety systems to the automotive industry worldwide.

The company operates in two segments, Passive Safety and Active Safety segments.

It offers a range of products, including modules and components for passenger and driver-side airbags, side-impact airbag protection systems, seatbelts, steering wheels, safety electronics, whiplash protection systems and child seats, as well as night vision and camera vision systems, pedestrian protection systems, brake controllers and radar and other active safety systems.

The company primarily serves car manufacturers. Autoliv was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates AUTOLIV INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AUTOLIV INC (ALV) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ALV Ratings Report

8. Tenneco Inc. (TEN)
Segment: Powertrain Systems

Tenneco designs, manufactures and sells clean air and ride performance products and systems for light vehicle, commercial truck and off-highway and other vehicle applications worldwide.

It provides emission control systems, such as catalytic converters and diesel oxidation catalysts to reduce harmful gaseous emissions; diesel particulate filters; burner systems to combust fuel and air inside the exhaust system; and lean nitrogen oxide (NOx) traps, selective catalytic reduction systems and alternative NOx reduction technologies to reduce NOx emissions.

The company also offers hydrocarbon vaporizers and injectors to add fuel to diesel exhaust system; mufflers and resonators to provide noise elimination and acoustic tuning; exhaust manifolds to collect gases from individual cylinders of a vehicle's engine; pipes to connect various parts of an exhaust system; hydroformed assemblies; hangers and isolators for system installation, elimination of noise and vibration, and improvement of useful life; and after treatment control units.

In addition, it offers ride performance products and systems, such as shock absorbers; struts; vibration control components; Kinetic suspension technology, a suite of roll-control and nearly equal wheel-loading systems; advanced suspension systems; Kinetic H2/CES semi-active suspension systems; and other ride performance products consisting of load assist products, springs, steering stabilizers, adjustable suspension systems, suspension kits and modular assemblies.

Tenneco sells its products to original equipment vehicle designers and manufacturers; and repair and replacement markets under the Monroe, Rancho, Clevite Elastomers, Marzocchi, Axios, Kinetic, Fric-Rot, Walker, XNOx, Fonos, DynoMax, Thrush and Lukey brands.

The company was formerly known as Tenneco Automotive Inc. and changed its name to Tenneco in 2005.

Tenneco was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates TENNECO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TENNECO INC (TEN) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TEN Ratings Report

7. Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH)
Segment: Diversified

Delphi Automotive, 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.

The company operates in four segments: Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Powertrain Systems, Electronics and Safety and Thermal Systems.

The Electrical/Electronic Architecture segment provides design of the vehicle's electrical architecture, including connectors, wiring assemblies and harnesses, electrical centers and hybrid high voltage and safety distribution systems.

The Powertrain Systems segment offers systems integration of end-to-end gasoline and diesel engine management systems, such as fuel handling, fuel injection, combustion, electronic controls, test and validation capabilities, aftermarket and original equipment services.

The Electronics and Safety segment offers critical components, systems, and advanced software for passenger safety, security, comfort, and infotainment, as well as vehicle operation, such as body controls, reception systems, infotainment and connectivity systems, hybrid vehicle power electronics, passive and active safety electronics, displays, and mechatronics.

The Thermal Systems segment provides powertrain cooling and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems consisting of compressors, systems and controls, and heat exchangers for the vehicle markets.

The company sells its products and services to the automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as to the aftermarket for replacement parts, including the aftermarket operations of its OEM customers and to other distributors and retailers.

Delphi Automotive is based in Gillingham, U.K.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE PLC (DLPH) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: DLPH Ratings Report

6. Gentherm, Inc. (THRM)
Segment: Interiors

Gentherm designs, develops and manufactures thermal management technologies and cable systems worldwide.

It operates through three segments: Climate Controlled Seats (CCS), Advanced Technology and W.E.T.

The CCS segment offers products with variable temperature seat climate control systems for individualized thermal comfort to automobile passengers. It also provides automotive heated and cooled cup holders, and heated and cooled mattress products. This segment sells its products primarily to automobile and light truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), or their tier one suppliers.

The Advanced Technology segment is engaged in the advanced research and development activities to improve the efficiency of thermoelectric devices, as well as to develop, market, and distribute products based on these new technologies.

The W.E.T. segment manufactures automotive seat comfort systems, specialized automotive cable systems, and other non-automotive product solutions. Its automotive seat comfort products include automotive seat heaters, climate comfort systems, and steering wheel heater systems, as well as integrated electronic components, such as blowers and electronic control units; and specialized automotive cable systems products consist of ready-made wire harnesses and related wiring products. This segment serves passenger car OEMs, commercial vehicle OEMs, and tier one seat manufacturers, as well as the telecommunication, information technology, and medical equipment industries.

The company was formerly known as Amerigon Incorporated and changed its name to Gentherm in September 2012.

Gentherm Incorporated was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Northville, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GENTHERM INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENTHERM INC (THRM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: THRM Ratings Report

5. Lear Corp. (LEA)
Segment: Interiors

Lear designs, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, electrical distribution systems and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide.

It operates through two segments, Seating and Electrical.

The company's Seating segment provides seats and related components, such as seat structures and mechanisms, seat covers, seat foam, headrests, seat frames, recliner mechanisms and seat tracks primarily for automobiles and light trucks, compact cars and sport utility vehicles.

Its Electrical segment provides electrical distribution systems for traditional powertrain vehicles, as well as for hybrid and electric vehicles. This segment's products include wiring harnesses, terminals and connectors, junction boxes, electronic control modules and wireless control devices; passive entry systems, remote keyless entry and dual range/dual function remote keyless entry systems; lighting control modules; LED lighting control systems for the vehicle interior and exterior; and audio systems, such as amplifiers and vehicle sound systems.

Lear was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates LEAR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate LEAR CORP (LEA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LEA Ratings Report

4. BorgWarner, Inc. (BWA)
Segment: Powertrain Systems

BorgWarner manufactures and sells engineered automotive systems and components primarily for powertrain applications worldwide.

The company's Engine segment offers turbochargers, timing devices and chain products, emissions systems, thermal systems, and diesel coldstart and gasoline ignition technology. This segment also provides electric air pumps, turbo actuators, exhaust gas recirculation coolers, tubes, and valves for gasoline and diesel applications. Its timing systems products include timing chain, variable cam timing, crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, tensioners, guides and snubbers, HY-VO front wheel drive transmission chain, and four-wheel drive chain for light vehicles. In addition, this segment offers viscous fan drives, polymer fans, and coolant pumps.

The Drivetrain segment develops and manufactures friction and mechanical products, including dual clutch modules, friction clutch modules, friction and steel plates, transmission bands, torque converter clutches, one-way clutches and torsional vibration dampers. This segment also offers control products comprising electro hydraulic solenoids for hydraulic systems, transmission solenoid modules and dual clutch control modules. In addition, this segment provides torque management products, including rear wheel drive/all wheel drive (AWD) transfer case systems, front wheel drive/AWD coupling systems and cross-axle coupling systems.

The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers of light vehicles, including passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks; commercial vehicles, such as medium duty and heavy duty trucks and buses; and off-highway vehicles, including agricultural and construction machinery and marine applications, as well as to tier one vehicle systems suppliers and the aftermarket for light, commercial and off-highway vehicles.

BorgWarner was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates BORGWARNER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BORGWARNER INC (BWA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: BWA Ratings Report

3. Toyota Motor Corp. (TM)
Segment: Auto Manufacturers

Toyota designs, manufactures, assembles, and sells passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles and related parts and accessories in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia and internationally.

It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments.

The company offers hybrid cars under the Prius, Crown, Lexus RX450h, HS250h, SAI and CT200h brand names; conventional engine vehicles, including subcompact and compact cars under the Corolla, Yaris, micropremium iQ, Passo, Ractis, Vitz, Corolla Axio/Fielder, Porte, Spade, Auris, Etios and Vios brand names; mini-vehicles, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and auto parts under the Toyota brand name; mid-size cars under the Camry, REIZ, Avensis and Mark X brand names; luxury cars under the Lexus and Crown brand names; Century limousines; and sports cars under the Scion tC and Lexus brand names.

It also manufactures sport-utility vehicles under the Sequoia, 4Runner, RAV4, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, and Lexus brand names; pickup trucks under the Tacoma and Tundra brand names; minivans under the Alphard, Vellfire, Corolla Verso, Wish, Noah/Voxy, Estima, Sienta, Isis, and the Sienna brand names; large, medium, and small trucks; and large, small, and micro-buses.

Toyota sells its products through dealers.

In addition, it provides a range of financial services comprising retail financing, retail leasing, wholesale financing, insurance, and credit cards.

Further, the company is involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of prefabricated housing; information technology related businesses, such a Web portal for automobile information known as GAZOO.com; and sale promotion of KDDI communication related products, primarily the au brand.

Toyota was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Toyota City, Japan.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates TOYOTA MOTOR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TOYOTA MOTOR CORP (TM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TM Ratings Report

2. TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (TRW)
Segment: Body Structures

TRW Automotive Holdings together with its subsidiaries, supplies automotive systems, modules and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and related aftermarkets.

The company operates through four segments: Chassis Systems, Occupant Safety Systems, Electronics and Automotive Components.

The Chassis Systems segment focuses on the design, manufacture and sale of products and systems relating to braking, steering, modules and linkage and suspension.

The Occupant Safety Systems segment designs, manufactures, and sells products and systems relating to airbags, seat belts and steering wheels.

The Electronics segment is involved in the design, manufacture and sale of electronics components and systems in the areas of safety, chassis, radio frequency, powertrain and camera and radar-based driver assistance.

The Automotive Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells body controls, engine valves and engineered fasteners and components.

The company offers its products for passenger cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles primarily in North America, Europe and Asia.

It markets its products through OEM service organizations and independent distribution networks; and replacement parts to aftermarket worldwide.

TRW Automotive Holdings was founded in 1904 and is based in Livonia, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP (TRW) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TRW Ratings Report

1. Magna International Inc. (MGA)
Segment: Diversified

Magna International develops, manufactures, engineers, supplies and sells automotive products.

It operates through North America, Europe, Asia and Rest of World segments.

The company offers body, chassis, and renewable energy systems; powertrain systems, such as driveline systems, fluid pressure and controls, metal-forming solutions, and engineering services and system integration solutions; and exterior systems consisting of front and rear end fascia systems, exterior trims, modular systems, class A composite panels, structural components under hood and underbody components and sheet molding compound materials.

It also provides seating systems, including complete seating systems, mechanism and hardware solutions, specialty mechanism solutions and seat structures, as well as foam and trim products; interior systems, such as sidewall and trim, cockpit, cargo management, and overhead systems; fuel, battery, and roof systems; and vision systems comprising interior and exterior mirrors, actuators, electronic vision systems, and door handle and overhead console systems.

In addition, the company offers closure systems comprising door modules, window systems, power closure systems, latching systems, handle assemblies, driver controls, obstacle detection systems, engineering glasses, and sealing systems, as well as testing services for window regulators, wiper systems, door modules, cables, door latches, and closures.

Further, it provides electronic systems, including eyeris - driver assistance systems, intelligent power systems, body electronics and HMI, engine electronics and liquid sensors, as well as industrial products, such as joysticks and electronic units for fork lifts; and vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing services.

The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Aurora, Canada.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC (MGA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MGA Ratings Report

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