Union Pacific Corp (UNP): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $1.24 (1.1%) to $117.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $116.37-$118.46 after having opened the day at $116.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.75. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Covenant Transportation Group ( CVTI), up 7.3%, USA Truck ( USAK), up 6.3%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 3.6%, and Central North Airport Group ( OMAB), up 3.4%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $56.31 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), down 6.3%, Greenbrier Companies ( GBX), down 5.3%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), down 5.2%, and Alaska Air Group ( ALK), down 4.8%, were all losers within the transportation industry with Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) 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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