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After being relegated back to a three-star rank over the past several months, enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Johnson Controls
Many CAPS members like Johnson Controls' foothold in green technologies, and they expect it to benefit from a continued push toward more efficient technologies. The company operates in power solutions and the growing building efficiency market, along with rivals such as Honeywell
The company recently scored the largest of several federal grants aimed at boosting electric vehicle technology, along with other recipients such as Navistar
Although Johnson Controls has suffered under slower automotive and construction spending in recent quarters, it expects increasing profits in the current quarter and into 2010, and it's managed to pull in nearly $500 million in free cash flow over the past 12 months. And CAPS members like the company's unbelievably solid dividend, which it's paid to shareholders since 1887.
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