Lan Airlines SA (LFL): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

Lan Airlines ( LFL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Lan Airlines fell 84 cents (-3.2%) to $25.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 725,945 shares of Lan Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 505,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.84-$25.61 after having opened the day at $24.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.91. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: DS Torm ( TRMD), down 16.3%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 9.9%, Danaos Corporation ( DAC), down 9.3%, and Saia Inc ( SAIA), down 9.1%.

Lan Airlines S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company offers air cargo transportation services to other international air carriers, freight-forwarding companies, export oriented companies, and individual consumers. Lan Airlines has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 18.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lan Airlines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins.

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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