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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 95.08 points (-0.5%) at 17,729 as of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,265 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), up 2.9%,

Danaos

(

DAC

), up 8.4%,

New Patriot Transportation

(

PATI

), up 9.5%,

Global Ship Lease

(

GSL

), up 7.3% and

CHC Group

(

HELI

), up 5.5%.

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

Global Ship Lease

(

GSL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Global Ship Lease was up $0.36 (7.3%) to $5.31 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 226,199 shares of Global Ship Lease exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.95-$5.31 after having opened the day at $4.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.95.

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and leases containerships under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of March 31, 2014, it owned 17 vessels with a total capacity of 66,349 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company is based in London, the United Kingdom. Global Ship Lease has a market cap of $221.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Global Ship Lease a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Global Ship Lease as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GSL go as follows:

  • GSL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 7.38 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • The gross profit margin for GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC is rather high; currently it is at 63.51%. Regardless of GSL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GSL's net profit margin of 19.62% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • GSL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry average. The net income has decreased by 7.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $7.26 million to $6.72 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.10 million or 126.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Global Ship Lease Ratings Report

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At the close,

Danaos

(

DAC

) was up $0.47 (8.4%) to $6.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 63,108 shares of Danaos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.52-$6.35 after having opened the day at $5.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.59.

Danaos Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership and operation of containerships, as well as chartering of its vessels to liner companies in Greece and internationally. It primarily offers seaborne transportation services. Danaos has a market cap of $501.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Danaos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Danaos as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DAC go as follows:

  • DANAOS CORP 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, DANAOS CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.34 versus -$0.95 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.51 versus $0.34).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry. The net income increased by 155.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $8.79 million to $22.41 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DANAOS CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • DAC's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 30.87%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.25 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.24, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Danaos Ratings Report

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Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Ultrapetrol Bahamas was up $0.05 (2.9%) to $1.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 35,238 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.71-$1.84 after having opened the day at $1.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.72.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Central America, Europe, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. Ultrapetrol Bahamas has a market cap of $258.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultrapetrol Bahamas as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 308.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.00 million to -$14.59 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 24.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.68% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, ULTR's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.42, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.03%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 300.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ratings Report

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