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

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CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, CH Robinson Worldwide rose 90 cents (1.6%) to $57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 977,913 shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.17-$57.06 after having opened the day at $56.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.10. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 8.1%, Patriot Transportation Holdings ( PATR), up 4.8%, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 4%, and American Railcar Industries ( ARII), up 2.5%.

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 $9.13 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 20 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, good cash flow from operations 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, Frontline ( FRO), down 13.6%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 8%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 7.3%, and Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with US Airways Group ( LCC) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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