3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 14,286 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,509 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Seaspan Corporation ( SSW), up 4.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 0.6%, and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $40.02 on light volume Thus far, 84,672 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 378,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.70-$40.14 after having opened the day at $39.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.75.

Ryanair Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco. Ryanair Holdings has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ryanair Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryanair Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ryanair Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) is up $0.57 (0.8%) to $70.77 on average volume Thus far, 375,597 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 768,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.32-$71.85 after having opened the day at $70.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.20.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.B. Hunt Transport Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full J.B. Hunt Transport Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, US Airways Group ( LCC) is up $0.60 (4.2%) to $14.65 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.4 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.25-$14.68 after having opened the day at $14.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.05.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full US Airways Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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