Expeditors International Of Washington Inc (EXPD): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Expeditors International of Washington fell 51 cents (-1.3%) to $37.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 845,799 shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.68-$38.41 after having opened the day at $38.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.28. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: 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%.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $8.35 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with Union Pacific ( UNP) being today's featured transportation industry winner.

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