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Delta Air Lines

(

DAL

) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines rose $0.40 (1.5%) to $27.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,075,404 shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,235,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.31-$27.72 after having opened the day at $27.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.11. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were:

Frontline

(

FRO

), up 10.0%,

TOP Ships

(

TOPS

), up 9.3%,

Tsakos Energy Navigation

(

TNP

TheStreet Recommends

), up 6.7% and

Nordic American Tankers

(

NAT

), up 5.8%.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 127.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Delta Air Lines

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Global Ship Lease

(

GSL

), down 9.8%,

Celadon Group

(

CGI

), down 5.0%,

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB

(

VLRS

), down 3.7% and

Newlead Holdings

(

NEWL

), down 3.3%.

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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