United Continental Holdings Inc

(

UAL

) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings Inc rose 37 cents (2.4%) to $15.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.55-$16.31 after having opened the day at $15.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.53. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were:

FreeSeas Inc

(

FREE

), up 8.3%,

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

), up 5.2%,

Box Ships Inc

(

TEU

), up 5%, and

Navios Maritime Acquisition

(

NNA

), up 4.8%.

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 $5.3 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 21.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Star Bulk Carriers

(

SBLK

), down 7%,

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), down 6.3%,

Scorpio Tankers Inc

(

STNG

), down 6.2%, and

Saia Inc

(

SAIA

), down 5.2%, were all losers within the transportation industry with

FedEx Corporation

(

FDX

) being today's transportation industry loser.

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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