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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B rose $1.07 (1.1%) to $102.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,469,989 shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,010,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $101.32-$102.35 after having opened the day at $101.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.22. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings (SHIP), up 11.2%, Newlead Holdings (NEWL), up 7.9%, Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK), up 7.4% and Paragon Shipping (PRGN), up 5.2%.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $72.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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.

On the negative front, Costamare (CMRE), down 3.3%, Genco Shipping & Trading (GNK), down 3.2%, FreeSeas (FREE), down 3.2% and JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Canadian National Railway (CNI) being today's transportation industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation (IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials (SIJ).

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