All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 17,562 as of Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 892 issues advancing vs. 1,995 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

Ryanair Holdings

(

RYAAY

), up 1.0%, and

Southwest Airlines

(

LUV

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

CSX

(

CSX

), down 1.6%, and

Norfolk Southern

(

NSC

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

AAR

(

AIR

) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, AAR is up $2.12 (9.7%) to $24.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 385,842 shares of AAR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 213,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.95-$24.30 after having opened the day at $21.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.94.

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AAR CORP. provides products and services to commercial aviation, government, and defense markets worldwide. It operates in two segments, Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR has a market cap of $778.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates AAR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AAR

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full

AAR Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Virgin America

(

VA

) is up $4.02 (13.1%) to $34.69 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Virgin America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 713,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.25-$35.39 after having opened the day at $30.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.67.

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Virgin America Inc. provides scheduled air travel services. The company has a fleet of 60 Airbus single-aisle aircraft consisting of 10 Airbus A319s and 50 Airbus A320s. As of December 31, 2015, it provided services to 23 airports in the United States and Mexico. Virgin America has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Virgin America a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Virgin America

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Virgin America Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

JetBlue Airways

(

JBLU

) is up $0.62 (3.1%) to $20.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.4 million shares of JetBlue Airways exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.65-$20.77 after having opened the day at $20.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.13.

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JetBlue Airways Corporation, a passenger carrier company, provides air transportation services. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated a fleet of 25 Airbus A321 aircrafts, 130 Airbus A320 aircrafts, and 60 Embraer E190 aircrafts. JetBlue Airways has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate JetBlue Airways a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

JetBlue Airways

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

JetBlue Airways Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones Transportation

(

IYT

) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider

ProShares UltraShort Industrials

(

SIJ

).