CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, CH Robinson Worldwide rose $1.50 (2.5%) to $62.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.51-$62.66 after having opened the day at $60.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.80. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Con-way ( CNW), up 12.9%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), up 10.4%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 8.8%, and Celadon Group ( CGI), up 6.6%.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a third-party logistics company, provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies in various industries worldwide. CH Robinson Worldwide has a market cap of $9.74 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CH Robinson Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 10.4%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 6.2%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 5.8%, and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 5.5%, were all losers within the transportation industry with CSX ( CSX) 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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