J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell $0.94 (-1.3%) to $70.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 759,260 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 849,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.99-$72.18 after having opened the day at $71.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.22. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 8.8%, StealthGas ( GASS), down 7.4%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 6.0% and TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 4.5%.
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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 $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 17.3%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 10.4%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 9.4% and Knightsbridge Tankers ( VLCCF), down 7.5% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with US Airways Group ( LCC) 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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