CSX Corp (CSX): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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CSX ( CSX) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CSX fell 44 cents (-2%) to $21.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20.7 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.59-$21.41 after having opened the day at $21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.63. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 9.6%, USA Truck ( USAK), down 7.1%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 6.1%, and DS Torm ( TRMD), down 5.3%.
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CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $22.31 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 12.5%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 6.9%, Skywest Incorporated ( SKYW), up 6.5%, and Greenbrier Companies ( GBX), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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