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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 55.58 points (-0.3%) at 16,927 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,583 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), up 4.5%,

PHI

(

PHII

), up 1.7%,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), up 4.5%,

Frontline

(

FRO

), up 2.0% and

Safe Bulkers

(

SB

), up 2.3%.

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

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Ultrapetrol Bahamas was up $0.15 (4.5%) to $3.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 70,783 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 126,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.29-$3.51 after having opened the day at $3.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.34.

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 $478.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • ULTR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD has improved earnings per share by 25.0% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD turned its bottom line around by earning $0.05 versus -$1.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.12 versus $0.05).
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, ULTR has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.77, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.52%. Regardless of ULTR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ULTR's net profit margin of -5.50% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ratings Report

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At the close,

PHI

(

PHII

) was up $0.64 (1.7%) to $38.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 250 shares of PHI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.04-$38.04 after having opened the day at $38.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.40.

PHI, Inc. provides helicopter transportation services to the oil and gas exploration, development, and production industry, principally in the Gulf of Mexico. The company operates in three business segments: Oil and Gas, Air Medical, and Technical Services. PHI has a market cap of $110.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate PHI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

PHI

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PHII go as follows:

  • PHII's revenue growth trails the industry average of 21.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.1%. 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.
  • PHII's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91 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. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.29 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • PHI 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PHI INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.77 versus $1.16 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

PHI Ratings Report

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Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Sino-Global Shipping America was up $0.08 (4.5%) to $1.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 80,548 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.76-$1.89 after having opened the day at $1.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.78.

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 $8.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 28.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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:

  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • SINO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.9%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$0.29 million or 48.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 51.38%.
  • 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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