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

Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Expeditors International of Washington rose 91 cents (2.4%) to $38.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.36-$38.45 after having opened the day at $37.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.40. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: DS Torm ( TRMD), up 14.6%, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 7.3%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 6%, and Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 4.5%.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $7.74 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 21.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Knightsbridge Tankers ( VLCCF), down 9%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 6.3%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 6.1%, and Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), down 5.6%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with US Airways Group ( LCC) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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