Tam ( TAM) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Tam fell 41 cents (-2.1%) to $19.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 833,896 shares of Tam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.02-$19.66 after having opened the day at $19.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.66. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: General Maritime Corporation ( GMR), down 37.7%, Trailer Bridge Inc ( TRBR), down 33.3%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 13%, and TBS International ( TBSI), down 11.8%.

TAM S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services in Brazil and internationally. The company also engages in aircraft sub-leasing, as well as aircraft acquisition, financing, and debt issuance activities. Tam has a market cap of $3.13 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tam as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 positive front, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 26.1%, Marten Transport ( MRTN), up 13.6%, Global Ship Lease Inc ( GSL), up 6.8%, and B&H Ocean Carriers ( BHO), up 6%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) being today's featured transportation industry winner.

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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