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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 29.64 points (-0.2%) at 18,195 as of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,400 issues advancing vs. 1,601 declining with 167 unchanged.

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

Kelso Technologies

(

KIQ

), up 1.9%,

Overseas Shipholding Group

(

OSGB

), up 1.9%,

Diana Containerships

(

DCIX

), up 6.7%,

China Eastern Airlines

(

CEA

), up 1.7% and

Universal Truckload Services

(

UACL

), up 2.5%.

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

Universal Truckload Services

(

UACL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Universal Truckload Services was up $0.63 (2.5%) to $25.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,777 shares of Universal Truckload Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.80-$25.66 after having opened the day at $24.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.88.

Universal Truckload Services, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Universal Truckload Services has a market cap of $748.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Universal Truckload Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Universal Truckload Services

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UACL go as follows:

  • UACL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 13.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 82.89% to $18.36 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 7.46%.
  • UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES increased its bottom line by earning $1.69 versus $1.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.90 versus $1.69).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Road & Rail industry and the overall market, UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, UACL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.74% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Universal Truckload Services Ratings Report

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At the close,

China Eastern Airlines

(

CEA

) was up $0.40 (1.7%) to $24.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,939 shares of China Eastern Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.18-$24.25 after having opened the day at $24.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.85.

China Eastern Airlines has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Diana Containerships

(

DCIX

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Diana Containerships was up $0.16 (6.7%) to $2.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 285,478 shares of Diana Containerships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 138,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.40-$2.60 after having opened the day at $2.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.40.

Diana Containerships Inc. operates in the seaborne transportation industry. It owns and operates containerships. Its fleet consists of 6 panamax and 2 post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 36,165 TEU. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Athens, Greece. Diana Containerships has a market cap of $167.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Diana Containerships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Diana Containerships as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DCIX go as follows:

  • DCIX'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 49.54%, 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 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, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.
  • DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.75 versus $0.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.07 versus -$1.75).
  • 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 299.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.72 million to $1.43 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Diana Containerships Ratings Report

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