United Parcel Service

(

UPS

) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service rose 57 cents (0.8%) to $75.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.11-$76.07 after having opened the day at $75.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.94. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were:

YRC Worldwide

(

YRCW

), up 11.7%,

FreeSeas

(

FREE

), up 11.1%,

China Eastern Airlines Corporation

(

CEA

), up 6.8%, and

Frozen Food Express Industries

(

FFEX

), up 6.7%.

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 has a market cap of $54.39 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 18.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service 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 net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Seanergy Maritime Holdings

(

SHIP

), down 14.4%,

Eagle Bulk Shipping

(

EGLE

), down 10%,

Ship Finance International

(

SFL

), down 3.1%, and

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), down 2.8%, were all losers within the transportation industry with

Bristow Group

(

BRS

) 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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