CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, CH Robinson Worldwide rose $1.46 (2.2%) to $67.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.12-$67.85 after having opened the day at $66.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.75. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Swift Transportation ( SWFT), up 28.4%, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 10.5%, Greenbrier Companies ( GBX), up 7.2%, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), up 6.5%.
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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 $10.65 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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.

On the negative front, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 13%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 8.6%, Frontline ( FRO), down 7.1%, and Skywest Incorporated ( SKYW), down 6.9%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) 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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