5 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 17 points (0.1%) at 13,052 as of Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,459 issues advancing vs. 1,413 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

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

5. Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway is up $2.49 (2.6%) to $99.99 on heavy volume Thus far, 969,438 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 592,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.32-$100.20 after having opened the day at $98.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.50.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Canadian Pacific Railway a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Canadian Pacific Railway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is up $0.78 (1.0%) to $77.90 on average volume Thus far, 505,713 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 902,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.87-$78.30 after having opened the day at $77.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.12.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, US Airways Group ( LCC) is up $0.47 (3.9%) to $12.58 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.10-$12.59 after having opened the day at $12.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.11.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 144.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 US Airways Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.32 (1.6%) to $20.21 on light volume Thus far, 984,580 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.82-$20.35 after having opened the day at $19.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.89.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.20 (2.1%) to $9.91 on light volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.73-$9.98 after having opened the day at $9.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.71.

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 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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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