Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

Delta Air Lines ( DAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines fell 57 cents (-5.3%) to $10.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.6 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.17-$10.86 after having opened the day at $10.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.80. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: DS Torm ( TRMD), down 13.8%, Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), down 11.3%, DHT Holdings ( DHT), down 8.2%, and Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 5.2%.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates at airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $9.19 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 7.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Air Methods ( AIRM), up 8.4%, Patriot Transportation Holdings ( PATR), up 5.5%, DryShips ( DRYS), up 4.2%, and Arkansas Best Corporation ( ABFS), up 4.1%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) 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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