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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