US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, US Airways Group rose 42 cents (3.1%) to $13.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.8 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.36-$13.96 after having opened the day at $13.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.49. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Danaos Corporation ( DAC), up 7.4%, Air T ( AIRT), up 4.4%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 4.2%, and DS Torm ( TRMD), up 3%.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.25 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 10.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 173.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 10.4%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 8%, Arkansas Best Corporation ( ABFS), down 8%, and Swift Transportation ( SWFT), down 7%, were all losers within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) 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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