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The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included

Globus Maritime

(

GLBS

), down 5.8%,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), down 6.5%,

New Patriot Transportation

(

PATI

), down 2.6%,

Kelso Technologies

(

KIQ

), down 4.8% and

Box Ships

(

TEU

), down 2.4%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Box Ships

(

TEU

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Box Ships was down $0.02 (2.4%) to $0.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 92,586 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.92-$0.99 after having opened the day at $0.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.94.

Box Ships Inc., a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of containers worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, it had a fleet of 9 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 43,925 twenty-foot equivalent units. Box Ships has a market cap of $23.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Box Ships

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry average. The net income increased by 16.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.84 million to $5.65 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.67%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TEU's net profit margin of 48.00% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • TEU'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 70.00%, 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 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, BOX SHIPS INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Box Ships Ratings Report

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At the close,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

) was down $0.12 (6.5%) to $1.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 51,773 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.70-$1.85 after having opened the day at $1.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.84.

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 $254.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 49.12%, 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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Globus Maritime

(

GLBS

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Globus Maritime was down $0.10 (5.8%) to $1.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,676 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.70-$1.86 after having opened the day at $1.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

Globus Maritime has a market cap of $18.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 24.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Globus Maritime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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