United Continental Holdings

(

UAL

) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose $1.22 (5.5%) to $23.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.9 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.43-$23.95 after having opened the day at $22.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.31. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were:

US Airways Group

(

LCC

), up 10.6%,

Ship Finance International

(

SFL

), up 8.5%,

XPO Logistics

(

XPO

), up 8.1%, and

Hawaiian Holdings

(

HA

), up 5.6%.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $7.25 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 15.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Genco Shipping & Trading

(

GNK

), down 10.5%,

Excel Maritime Carriers

(

EXM

), down 7.1%,

Navios Maritime Acquisition

(

NNA

), down 6.1%, and

Frozen Food Express Industries

(

FFEX

), down 5.3%, were all losers within the transportation industry with

CH Robinson Worldwide

(

CHRW

) 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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