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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 153.49 points (-0.9%) at 16,461 as of Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 4:35 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,410 issues advancing vs. 704 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), up 4.4%,

Global Ship Lease

(

GSL

), up 1.8%,

ModusLink Global Solutions

(

MLNK

), up 2.2%,

International Shipholding

(

ISH

), up 2.0% and

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB

(

VLRS

), up 9.2%.

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 $0.37 (2.0%) to $18.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,859 shares of International Shipholding exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.52-$18.78 after having opened the day at $18.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.38.

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 $140.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 37.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ISH go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. 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.
  • ISH's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61 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. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.86 is weak.
  • 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, INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP reported lower earnings of $2.03 versus $3.06 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 66.5% in earnings ($0.68 versus $2.03).
  • 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 135.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.86 million to -$0.66 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

International Shipholding Ratings Report

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At the close,

Global Ship Lease

(

GSL

) was up $0.06 (1.8%) to $3.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 52,568 shares of Global Ship Lease exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.18-$3.42 after having opened the day at $3.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.33.

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 $162.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 44.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, feeble growth in its earnings per share, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GSL 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 122.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.13 million to -$2.29 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, GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has managed its earnings and share float. We anticipate this stability to falter in the coming year and, in turn, the company to deliver lower earnings per share than prior full year. During the past fiscal year, GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC's EPS of $0.68 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.68. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 103.7% in earnings (-$0.03 versus $0.68).
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 37.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 123.80% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $17.46 million or 10.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 10.66%, GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.01%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Global Ship Lease Ratings Report

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China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was up $0.04 (4.4%) to $0.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,124 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.93-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $68.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.