The

transportation

industry closed the day down 3%.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

),

General Maritime Corporation

(

GMR

),

China Southern Airlines Company

(

ZNH

), and

US Airways Group Inc

(

LCC

) were all decliners today within the transportation industry with

United Continental Holdings Inc

(

UAL

) being today's featured transportation loser. United Continental Holdings Inc fell $1.12 (-5.5%) to $19.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings Inc has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 26.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

Global Ship Lease Inc

(

GSL

),

Providence & Worcester Railroad Company

(

PWX

),

P.A.M. Transportation

(

PTSI

), and

USA Truck

(

USAK

) were all gainers within the transportation industry with

Air Methods

(

AIRM

) 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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