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

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FedEx Corporation ( FDX) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, FedEx Corporation fell $1.64 (-1.5%) to $105.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $105.59-$107.37 after having opened the day at $107.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.33. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 12.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 11.8%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 10%, and FreightCar America ( RAIL), down 8.9%.
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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 $33.46 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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