Transports Get Back on TrackPublished 6/22/2011 10:23 a.m. EDT It has been a tough few weeks for transports, but today's FedEx ( FDX) results could be an indication that the sector is changing course. After stumbling 2.6% in the one-month period ending June 21, the popular iShares Dow Jones Transports ETF ( IYT) is getting back on track: Despite the recent pullback, IYT has gained more than 21.5% in 2011. Earnings from FedEx give us some insight into why this sector is heating up. Despite high fuel costs, FedEx saw a 33% increase in earnings during its fiscal fourth quarter as the company implemented fuel surcharges for customers. > >> Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll FedEx isn't the only transport company trying to make lemonade out of the lemons of volatile fuel prices. Airlines, which are also represented in the IYT portfolio, have been increasing costs, fees, and surcharges. Having weathered a broader market slide, transports could head even higher in the second half of 2011 and beyond. With fuel prices dropping, transport firms could see increased routes and higher volume. In its earnings announcement today FedEx Chairman Frederick W. Smith noted that "FedEx is well positioned to deliver strong earnings growth in fiscal 2012." IYT is a highly liquid fund that offers ample exposure to big names in the transport industry. FedEx makes up a hefty 9% of holdings. Even though IYT is top-heavy, it is a liquid way to gain exposure to transport gains, as long as longer-term investors keep an eye on top holdings and overall asset exposure. At the time of publication, Dion Money Management had no positions in stocks mentioned.
XLI Poised to SoarPublished 6/21/2011 2:37 p.m. EDT The popular SPDR Select Industrial ETF ( XLI) continues to trek upward this afternoon in the wake of positive global trading and news from the Paris Air Show, which is well known among aviation enthusiasts as well as industrial stock traders. The event provides a forum for large firms such as Boeing ( BA) and Airbus to discuss industry conditions. Industry insiders have been predicting a good showing for aircraft orders, and Airbus already started on a positive note Monday. General Electric ( GE) also placed a large order for "new engine option" (NEO) models. The "NEO" models are designed to address the issue of fuel savings. In a year when oil prices have wildly fluctuated, energy continues to be a hot topic. The Paris Air Show ends on Sunday, but positive news from top XLI components, including BA and GE, could help to lift the fund higher as the week progresses. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF ( ITA) may be a more focused fund, but it lacks the liquidity needed for any kind of short-term trading. At the time of publication, Dion Money Management had no positions in securities mentioned.