US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, US Airways Group rose 18 cents (1.3%) to $13.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.32-$13.94 after having opened the day at $13.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.43. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Republic Airways Holdings ( RJET), up 5.8%, Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 5.2%, Frontline ( FRO), up 4.4%, and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 3.9%.
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US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.18 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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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