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Alaska Air Group



) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Alaska Air Group rose $1.59 (1.9%) to $85.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 889,570 shares of Alaska Air Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 813,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.30-$86.53 after having opened the day at $85.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.50. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were:

XPO Logistics



), up 9.4%,

Allegiant Travel Company



), up 5.7%,

Hawaiian Holdings



), up 4.5% and

United Continental Holdings



), up 2.5%.

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services in the United States. The company operates through Alaska Mainline and Alaska Regional segments. It serves approximately 100 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Air Group has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Alaska Air Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Alaska Air Group

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Expeditors International of Washington



), down 7.0%,

Covenant Transportation Group



), down 5.6%,

Scorpio Tankers



), down 4.8% and

ModusLink Global Solutions



), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with

Canadian Pacific Railway



) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones Transportation



) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider

ProShares UltraShort Industrials




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