3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

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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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.14 (-0.6%) to $24.50 on light volume Thus far, 57,026 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 443,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.50-$24.71 after having opened the day at $24.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.64.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. As of June 22, 2012, the company operated a fleet of 310 aircrafts. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $57.69 on average volume Thus far, 984,864 shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.64-$58.31 after having opened the day at $57.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.08.

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 $9.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CH Robinson Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is down $0.70 (-1.0%) to $71.27 on light volume Thus far, 938,452 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.15-$71.85 after having opened the day at $71.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.97.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation 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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