The

transportation

industry closed the day up 0.7%.

Trailer Bridge Inc

(

TRBR

),

CH Robinson Worldwide Inc

(

CHRW

),

USA Truck

(

USAK

), and

TBS International

(

TBSI

) were all decliners today within the transportation industry with

Southwest Airlines

(

LUV

) being today's featured transportation loser. Southwest Airlines fell 9 cents (-1%) to $8.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8.8 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates as a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 548 Boeing 737 aircraft and provided service to 69 cities in 35 states. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 43.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Saia Inc

(

SAIA

),

TOP Ships Inc

(

TOPS

),

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

), and

Arkansas Best Corporation

(

ABFS

) were all gainers within the transportation industry with

Union Pacific

(

UNP

) 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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