United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell $0.45 (-1.5%) to $30.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,067,901 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,016,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.77-$30.60 after having opened the day at $30.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.60. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 11.5%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 7.5%, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S.A.B. de ( ASR), down 7.0% and Air Methods ( AIRM), down 4.7%.
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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 $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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.

On the positive front, Rand Logistics ( RLOG), down 7.7%, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), down 7.0%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 5.6% and Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 5.3% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Union Pacific ( UNP) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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