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3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Transportation Industry

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 16,487 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,578 issues advancing vs. 1,383 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Danaos ( DAC), up 2.3%, International Shipholding ( ISH), up 4.0%, Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de ( OMAB), up 1.7%, Universal Truckload Services ( UACL), up 2.4% and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 2.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de ( OMAB) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de was up $0.51 (1.7%) to $31.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,496 shares of Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.65-$31.88 after having opened the day at $30.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.75.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains airports in Mexico. It also operates NH T2 Hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de as a buy.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMAB go as follows:

  • OMAB, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT's earnings per share declined by 5.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT increased its bottom line by earning $1.84 versus $1.25 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 16.3% in earnings ($1.54 versus $1.84).
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, OMAB has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.29% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Transportation Infrastructure industry. The net income has decreased by 5.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $18.33 million to $17.31 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de Ratings Report

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