Expeditors International Of Washington Inc (EXPD) In The Transportation Spotlight Today

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Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) 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, Expeditors International of Washington rose 54 cents (1.5%) to $37.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.46-$37.04 after having opened the day at $36.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.48. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 14%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 12%, Era Group ( ERA), up 11.6%, and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 8%.
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Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $7.48 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 4.8%, Hawaiian Holdings ( HA), down 2.7%, Teekay Tankers ( TNK), down 2.7%, and Rand Logistics ( RLOG), down 2.6%, were all laggards within the transportation industry with Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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