United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B fell $1.08 (-1.5%) to $72.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.81-$73.95 after having opened the day at $73.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.91. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 6.6%, Frontline ( FRO), down 4.5%, DryShips ( DRYS), down 4.2%, and Pacer International ( PACR), down 3.6%.
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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 $53.73 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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