United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

United Parcel Service ( UPS) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service fell $1.40 (-1.8%) to $78.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.56-$78.29 after having opened the day at $77.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.65. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: 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%.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $57.52 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with US Airways Group ( LCC) 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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