The transportation industry closed the day down 5.9%. TBS International ( TBSI), Diana Containerships Inc ( DCIX), Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte S.A.B ( OMAB), and Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA) were all winners today within the transportation industry with USA Truck ( USAK) being today's featured transportation winner. USA Truck rose 15 cents (1.9%) to $7.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 84,815 shares of USA Truck exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,700 shares.

USA Truck, Inc. operates as a truckload carrier that provides general commodities transportation services in the continental United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company transports full dry van trailer loads of freight from origin to destination. USA Truck has a market cap of $78.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 41.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates USA Truck as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, AMR ( AMR), YRC Worldwide Inc ( YRCW), Trailer Bridge Inc ( TRBR), and DHT Holdings Inc ( DHT) were all losers within the transportation industry with United Continental Holdings Inc ( UAL) 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).
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