5 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 0.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Kirby ( KEX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kirby is up $1.01 (1.8%) to $57.24 on heavy volume Thus far, 329,376 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 346,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.14-$58.22 after having opened the day at $56.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.23.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kirby 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, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Kirby Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is up $0.64 (0.7%) to $89.10 on average volume Thus far, 249,325 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 535,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.90-$89.29 after having opened the day at $88.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.46.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $38.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.09 (1.0%) to $9.38 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.24-$9.39 after having opened the day at $9.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.29.

Southwest Airlines Co. engages in the operation of a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) is up $0.67 (1.1%) to $61.50 on light volume Thus far, 401,442 shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.41-$61.50 after having opened the day at $60.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.83.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full CH Robinson Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.16 (1.6%) to $9.98 on average volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.75-$10.15 after having opened the day at $9.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.82.

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 $8.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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