4 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.2%) at 14,429 as of Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,094 issues advancing vs. 1,811 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings is up $1.08 (2.7%) to $41.41 on light volume Thus far, 139,030 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.08-$41.57 after having opened the day at $41.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.33.

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 $11.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ryanair Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity 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 Ryanair Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kirby ( KEX) is up $1.48 (2.0%) to $77.20 on average volume Thus far, 217,419 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 371,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.15-$77.43 after having opened the day at $76.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.73.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kirby as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Kirby Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, US Airways Group ( LCC) is up $0.36 (2.2%) to $16.65 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.0 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.41-$16.85 after having opened the day at $16.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.29.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.31 (1.0%) to $31.51 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.35-$31.98 after having opened the day at $31.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.20.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Continental Holdings 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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