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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 16,855 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,722 issues advancing vs. 1,261 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), up 2.2%,

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), up 2.5%,

Danaos

(

DAC

), up 4.5%,

Radiant Logistics

(

RLGT

), up 3.3% and

FreeSeas

(

FREE

), up 8.3%.

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

Danaos

(

DAC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Danaos was up $0.26 (4.5%) to $5.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,334 shares of Danaos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.59-$6.09 after having opened the day at $5.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.72.

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 $654.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Danaos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Danaos as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DAC 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 37.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.43 million to $8.41 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 5.02 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 0.23, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $39.30 million or 19.26% 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.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, DANAOS CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, DAC's share price has jumped by 44.81%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Danaos Ratings Report

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At the close,

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

) was up $0.06 (2.5%) to $2.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 39,711 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.04-$2.27 after having opened the day at $2.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.20.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides shipping agency services for ships coming to and departing from Chinese ports. Sino-Global Shipping America has a market cap of $10.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sino-Global Shipping America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sino-Global Shipping America as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its declining revenues.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SINO go as follows:

  • This stock has increased by 61.67% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • 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 Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SINO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA 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 year. During the past fiscal year, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA continued to lose money by earning -$0.39 versus -$0.61 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA is rather high; currently it is at 56.07%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.58% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sino-Global Shipping America 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 $0.02 (2.2%) to $0.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 550 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.92-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $65.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Metro-Rural Holdings Ratings Report

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