United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose 60 cents (2.4%) to $25.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.31-$25.99 after having opened the day at $25.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.39. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 10.4%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 7.2%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 6.8%, and Republic Airways Holdings ( RJET), up 4.4%.
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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 $8.52 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 41.2%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 8%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 5.6%, and FreeSeas ( FREE), down 5.5%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with US Airways Group ( LCC) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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