United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B rose $1.92 (2.3%) to $85.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,758,235 shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,716,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.18-$85.88 after having opened the day at $84.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.50. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 12.4%, Pacer International ( PACR), up 7.4%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 4.5% and Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 4.0%.
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United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $60.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 100.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, American Railcar Industries ( ARII), down 12.8%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 7.5%, Echo Global Logistics ( ECHO), down 6.2% and TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Alaska Air Group ( ALK) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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