CSX Corp (CSX): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

The transportation industry closed the day up 0.2%. Grupo TMM S.A ( TMM), TOP Ships Inc ( TOPS), Scorpio Tankers Inc ( STNG), and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM) were all winners today within the transportation industry with CSX ( CSX) being today's featured transportation winner. CSX rose 13 cents (0.6%) to $23.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. The company offers traditional rail service, and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 13 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), FreeSeas Inc ( FREE), China Southern Airlines Company ( ZNH), and Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA) 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).

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