Transport Stocks Hit Speed Bump

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Dow Jones Transportation Average has the weakest year-to-date performance of the major equity indices I follow.

Transports are up just 1.1% so far in 2012, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 7.4%, the Russell 2000 has gained 9.4%, the S&P 500 has risen 12.2% and the Nasdaq is up 18.0%.

Stubbornly high fuel costs remain an issue for the Transportation sector, which is just 3.1% undervalued, according to

Today I profile the 20 stocks that are tracked by the iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average ( IYT). Five of the stocks are airlines, four are railroads, three are truckers, two are in air & ground freight and package deliveries, five are in transportation services & equipment leasing, and one is in ocean shipping.

The Dow transports are up 28.4% from their October 2011 low at 3950.66 but are down 9.9% from their all-time high of 5627.85 set on July 7, 2011. The decline from the all-time high to the October 2011 low was 29.8%.

The weekly chart for the Dow Jones Transportation Average now shows a declining momentum (12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic) reading falling to 60.93 from 62.39.

The weekly chart will shift to negative on a close this week below its five-week modified moving average at 5124. My semiannual value levels are 4449 and 4129 with a weekly pivot at 5051 and a monthly risky level at 5373.

Source: Thomson Reuters

The above pop-up table shows data from covering the 20 stocks in the Dow Jones Transportation Average.

Reading the Table

OV/UN Valued: The stocks with a red number are undervalued by this percentage. Those with a black number are overvalued by that percentage according to ValuEngine.

VE Rating: A "1-Engine" rating is a Strong Sell, a "2-Engine" rating is a Sell, a "3-Engine" rating is a Hold, a "4-Engine" rating is a Buy and a "5-Engine" rating is a Strong Buy.

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