J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): Transportation's Spotlighted Daily Leader

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services rose 94 cents (1.3%) to $73.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 647,240 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 797,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.25-$73.54 after having opened the day at $71.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.46. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 10.1%, Era Group ( ERA), up 5.9%, Frontline ( FRO), up 5.4%, and Baltic Trading ( BALT), up 5.3%.
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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 $8.54 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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.

On the negative front, China Southern Airlines Company ( ZNH), down 7.2%, China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 6.7%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 4.8%, and Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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