United Parcel Service Inc (UPS

(

UPS

) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.2%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS fell $1.14 (-1.7%) to $66.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.90-$67.57 after having opened the day at $67.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.04. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were:

DS Torm

(

TRMD

), down 18.8%,

Navios Maritime Acquisition

(

NNA

), down 12.2%,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), down 10.2%, and

Republic Airways Holdings Inc

(

RJET

), down 8.9%.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS has a market cap of $49.37 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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