The transportation industry closed the day up 0.8%. Global Ship Lease Inc ( GSL), Air Methods ( AIRM), Euroseas ( ESEA), and Spirit Airlines Inc ( SAVE) 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 73 cents (3.6%) to $20.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 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 $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 25 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

On the negative front, TBS International ( TBSI), Frontline ( FRO), Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), and China Southern Airlines Company ( ZNH) were all losers within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) 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).