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Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 10.22 points (-0.1%) at 17,540 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,528 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), up 8.4%,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), up 17.8%,

CHC Group

(

HELI

), up 10.8%,

International Shipholding

(

ISH

), up 5.0% and

Genco Shipping & Trading

(

GNK

), up 3.4%.

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

CHC Group

(

HELI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. CHC Group was up $0.03 (10.8%) to $0.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 157,388 shares of CHC Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 322,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.34 after having opened the day at $0.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

CHC Group Ltd. provides commercial helicopter services to the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Helicopter Services and Heli-One. CHC Group has a market cap of $27.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 90.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CHC Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CHC Group as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HELI 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 365.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$23.22 million to -$107.99 million.
  • Although HELI's debt-to-equity ratio of 7.68 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, HELI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.78, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for CHC GROUP LTD is rather low; currently it is at 15.19%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -28.89% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$30.52 million or 260.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 94.42%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 641.37% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CHC Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

) was up $0.14 (17.8%) to $0.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,649 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.77-$0.98 after having opened the day at $0.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.79.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, 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 $105.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 65.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, ULTR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.99, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.90 million or 93.59% 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 gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.49%. 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 -6.03% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 75.97%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 33.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ultrapetrol Bahamas 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 $0.08 (8.4%) to $1.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,757 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.88-$1.03 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $69.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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.