FedEx Corporation (FDX): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

Editor's Note: 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.

FedEx Corporation ( FDX) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, FedEx Corporation rose $1.31 (1.3%) to $102.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $101.45-$102.94 after having opened the day at $101.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.45. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), up 6.7%, Seaspan Corporation ( SSW), up 5.4%, International Shipholding Corporation ( ISH), up 4%, and DryShips ( DRYS), up 3.7%.
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FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $31.88 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation 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, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Seacor Holdings ( CKH), down 22.1%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 6.7%, StealthGas ( GASS), down 6%, and TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 4.8%, 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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