The

transportation

industry closed the day down 3%.

Global Ship Lease Inc

(

GSL

),

Providence & Worcester Railroad Company

(

PWX

),

P.A.M. Transportation

(

PTSI

), and

USA Truck

(

USAK

) were all winners today within the transportation industry with

Air Methods

(

AIRM

) being today's featured transportation winner. Air Methods rose $2.03 (3.3%) to $63.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 56,625 shares of Air Methods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,400 shares.

Air Methods Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides air medical emergency transport services and systems in the United States. Air Methods has a market cap of $771.9 million and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Methods 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

),

General Maritime Corporation

(

GMR

),

China Southern Airlines Company

(

ZNH

), and

US Airways Group Inc

(

LCC

) were all losers within the transportation industry with

United Continental Holdings Inc

(

UAL

) being today's transportation industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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

).

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