Kansas City Southern Inc. (KSU): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

Kansas City Southern ( KSU) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Kansas City Southern rose $1.65 (2.4%) to $70.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.79-$71.88 after having opened the day at $69.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.27. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 13.4%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 12.5%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 12.2%, and DryShips ( DRYS), up 8.7%.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $7.62 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 6.7%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 4.4%, China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 3.8%, and PHI Incorporated ( PHII), down 3.5%, were all losers within the transportation industry with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) 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).