5 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

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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 lower today:

5. UTi Worldwide ( UTIW) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, UTi Worldwide is down $1.23 (-8.8%) to $12.80 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of UTi Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 609,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.75-$13.67 after having opened the day at $13.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.03.

UTi Worldwide Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a supply chain services and solutions company worldwide. Its supply chain planning and optimization services help its clients in designing and implementing solutions for their supply chains. UTi Worldwide has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UTi Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UTi Worldwide as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full UTi Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) is down $0.76 (-2.0%) to $36.88 on light volume Thus far, 502,199 shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.82-$37.57 after having opened the day at $37.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.64.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Expeditors International of Washington Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) is down $0.95 (-1.5%) to $60.96 on light volume Thus far, 282,396 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 $60.89-$61.95 after having opened the day at $61.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.91.

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 $9.8 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 down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is down $0.44 (-0.7%) to $61.16 on light volume Thus far, 649,411 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.97-$61.82 after having opened the day at $61.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.59.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) is down $0.49 (-0.7%) to $73.01 on light volume Thus far, 992,341 shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.88-$73.83 after having opened the day at $73.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.50.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $52.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B 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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