The

transportation

industry closed the day up 4.5%.

Grupo TMM S.A

(

TMM

),

Frozen Food Express Industries

(

FFEX

),

Box Ships Inc

(

TEU

), and

General Maritime Corporation

(

GMR

) 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 23 cents (-1.1%) to $20.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 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 $6.6 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 25.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity 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,

Covenant Transportation Group Inc

(

CVTI

),

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

),

Vitran Corporation Inc

(

VTNC

), and

Universal Truckload Services Inc

(

UACL

) were all gainers within the transportation industry with

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS

(

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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