3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, Gol Intelligent Airlines is down $0.16 (-3.2%) to $4.84 on light volume Thus far, 235,584 shares of Gol Intelligent Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.82-$4.97 after having opened the day at $4.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.00.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., through its subsidiaries, operates as a low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America. Gol Intelligent Airlines has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Gol Intelligent Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gol Intelligent Airlines as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Gol Intelligent Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is down $0.18 (-0.8%) to $23.22 on average volume Thus far, 150,708 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 380,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.21-$23.50 after having opened the day at $23.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.40.

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 $10.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) is down $0.50 (-0.9%) to $56.79 on average volume Thus far, 387,421 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 961,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.74-$58.30 after having opened the day at $57.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.29.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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