United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B rose 89 cents (1.1%) to $82.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.78-$83.09 after having opened the day at $81.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.94. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), up 27.8%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 8.2%, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 7.3%, and Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 6.2%.
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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 $59.29 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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.

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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