3 Transportation Stocks Pushing Industry Growth - TheStreet

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include

Southwest Airlines

(

LUV

), up 2.3%,

AerCap Holdings

(

AER

), up 2.2% and

Delta Air Lines

(

DAL

), up 1.6%.

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

3.

Alaska Air Group

(

ALK

) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Alaska Air Group is up $1.08 (1.4%) to $76.85 on light volume. Thus far, 408,052 shares of Alaska Air Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.50-$77.48 after having opened the day at $75.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.77.

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Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services primarily in the United States. The company operates through Alaska Mainline and Alaska Regional segments. Alaska Air Group has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 26.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Alaska Air Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Alaska Air Group

as a

buy

. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. 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

Alaska Air Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

United Continental Holdings

(

UAL

) is up $0.87 (1.4%) to $61.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.97-$61.87 after having opened the day at $60.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.25.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

United Continental Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

United Continental Holdings Ratings Report

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1. As of noon trading,

American Airlines Group

(

AAL

) is up $0.72 (1.6%) to $46.58 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of American Airlines Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.71-$46.77 after having opened the day at $45.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.86.

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American Airlines Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the airline industry. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated 983 mainline jets, as well as 566 regional aircrafts through regional airline subsidiaries and third-party regional carriers. American Airlines Group has a market cap of $29.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate American Airlines Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Airlines Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full

American Airlines Group 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

).