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3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 16,807 as of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,847 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 4.8%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), up 5.2%, International Shipholding ( ISH), up 1.8%, USA Truck ( USAK), up 2.3% and StealthGas ( GASS), up 2.0%.

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

International Shipholding ( ISH) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. International Shipholding was up $0.42 (1.8%) to $23.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,559 shares of International Shipholding exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.77-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.83.

International Shipholding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides maritime transportation services to commercial and governmental customers primarily under the medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment in the United States and internationally. International Shipholding has a market cap of $168.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates International Shipholding a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates International Shipholding as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ISH go as follows:

  • ISH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.84%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.42% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.50 million or 40.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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