Today's Transportation Gainers Led By United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL)

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose 78 cents (2.7%) to $30.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.87-$30.13 after having opened the day at $29.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.27. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 9.6%, Era Group ( ERA), up 9.5%, P.A.M. Transportation ( PTSI), up 8.2%, and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 7.7%.
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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 $9.75 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five 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.

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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