United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell 46 cents (-1.9%) to $23.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.13-$24.07 after having opened the day at $23.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.08. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: 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%.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 17.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with Kansas City Southern ( KSU) 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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