CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) 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, CH Robinson Worldwide fell $1.38 (-2.3%) to $58.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.85-$60.28 after having opened the day at $60.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.30. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.1%, Air T ( AIRT), down 7.8%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 7.1%, and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 6.5%.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a third-party logistics company, provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies in various industries worldwide. CH Robinson Worldwide has a market cap of $9.59 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CH Robinson Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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