The transportation industry closed the day down 3.5%. Euroseas ( ESEA), FreeSeas Inc ( FREE), Grupo TMM SAB ( TMM), and USA Truck ( USAK) were all winners today within the transportation industry with United Continental Holdings Inc ( UAL) being today's featured transportation winner. United Continental Holdings Inc rose 42 cents (2.1%) to $20.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 27.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, YRC Worldwide Inc ( YRCW), General Maritime Corporation ( GMR), Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), and Trailer Bridge Inc ( TRBR) were all losers within the transportation industry with UTi Worldwide Inc ( UTIW) being today's transportation industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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).