Bristow Group

(

BRS

) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Bristow Group fell 25 cents (-0.6%) to $43.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 906,978 shares of Bristow Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 265,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.31-$43.77 after having opened the day at $43.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.38. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were:

Seanergy Maritime Holdings

(

SHIP

), down 14.4%,

Eagle Bulk Shipping

(

EGLE

), down 10%,

Ship Finance International

(

SFL

), down 3.1%, and

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), down 2.8%.

Bristow Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides helicopter services to the offshore energy industry primarily in Europe, West Africa, North America, Australia, and internationally. Bristow Group has a market cap of $1.55 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 20 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Bristow Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bristow Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 positive front,

YRC Worldwide

(

YRCW

), up 11.7%,

FreeSeas

(

FREE

), up 11.1%,

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

), up 6.8%, and

Frozen Food Express Industries

(

FFEX

), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with

United Parcel Service

(

UPS

) being today's featured transportation industry winner.

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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