4 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 1 points (-0.0%) at 13,971 as of Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,429 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Pacific Airport Group ( PAC), up 2.7%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 0.9% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $0.59 (0.6%) to $99.82 on average volume Thus far, 218,325 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 504,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.67-$100.19 after having opened the day at $98.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.23.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.16 (1.4%) to $11.64 on average volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.50-$11.76 after having opened the day at $11.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.47.

Southwest Airlines Co. engages in the operation of a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $0.66 (0.5%) to $136.83 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $136.25-$137.03 after having opened the day at $136.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $136.17.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $63.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) is up $0.79 (1.0%) to $83.48 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.79-$84.11 after having opened the day at $83.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.69.

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 $59.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B 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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