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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included Supreme Industries ( STS), down 3.2%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 2.4%, Lear ( LEA), down 1.8% and TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW), down 1.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Lear ( LEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Lear was down $1.45 (1.8%) to $78.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,268,981 shares of Lear exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.05-$78.67 after having opened the day at $77.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.67.

Lear Corporation 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. Lear has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Lear a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lear as a buy. 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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEA go as follows:

  • LEA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry average. The net income increased by 8.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $137.30 million to $148.50 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $229.20 million or 13.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.86%.
  • LEAR CORP has improved earnings per share by 13.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LEAR CORP reported lower earnings of $4.99 versus $13.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.96 versus $4.99).

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

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At the close, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS) was down $0.22 (2.4%) to $9.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 84,086 shares of China Automotive Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 137,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.74-$9.38 after having opened the day at $9.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.23.

China Automotive Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells automotive systems and components in the People's Republic of China. China Automotive Systems has a market cap of $256.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Automotive Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Automotive Systems as a buy. 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 low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CAAS go as follows:

  • CAAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.34, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 116.66% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 29.33% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CAAS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • CHINA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CHINA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.95 versus $0.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.13 versus $0.95).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 121.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.98 million to $11.01 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Automotive Systems Ratings Report

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Supreme Industries ( STS) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Supreme Industries was down $0.23 (3.2%) to $6.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26,400 shares of Supreme Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.81-$7.24 after having opened the day at $6.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.18.

Supreme Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells truck bodies, buses, and armored and specialty vehicles in the Unites States. The company operates in two segments, Specialized Vehicles and Fiberglass Products. Supreme Industries has a market cap of $103.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 23.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Supreme Industries 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STS go as follows:

  • STS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • STS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, STS has a quick ratio of 1.54, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 360.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.93 million to $4.26 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $7.04 million or 47.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUPREME INDUSTRIES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -24.26%.

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

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