US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, US Airways Group rose 20 cents (2.1%) to $9.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.5 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.42-$10.05 after having opened the day at $9.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.60. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Frontline ( FRO), up 7.5%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 7.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 7%, and American Railcar Industries ( ARII), up 4.8%.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $1.51 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 89.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Pacer International ( PACR), down 10.5%, Skywest Incorporated ( SKYW), down 7.5%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 6.6%, and Old Dominion Freight Lines ( ODFL), down 6.6%, were all losers within the transportation industry with United Parcel Service ( UPS) being today's transportation industry loser.

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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