3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

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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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.06 (-0.3%) to $22.42 on heavy volume Thus far, 367,078 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 383,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.89-$22.42 after having opened the day at $22.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.48.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. As of June 22, 2012, the company operated a fleet of 310 aircrafts. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) is down $0.60 (-1.0%) to $59.41 on light volume Thus far, 338,405 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.13-$60.20 after having opened the day at $59.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.01.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.B. Hunt Transport Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full J.B. Hunt Transport Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is down $0.13 (-0.7%) to $19.74 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.58-$19.88 after having opened the day at $19.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.87.

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 $20.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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