FedEx Corporation (FDX): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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FedEx Corporation ( FDX) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, FedEx Corporation fell $2.25 (-2.4%) to $91.87 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,870,806 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,406,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.61-$93.69 after having opened the day at $93.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.12. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 13.5%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 10.0%, Baltic Trading ( BALT), down 7.2% and Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA), down 5.7%.
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FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 9.8%, PHI Incorporated ( PHII), down 4.5%, P.A.M. Transportation ( PTSI), down 4.2% and Union Pacific ( UNP), down 4.0%.

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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