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

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose $0.86 (2.8%) to $32.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,212,494 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,855,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.00-$32.15 after having opened the day at $31.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.14. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: DS Torm ( TRMD), up 9.1%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 6.8%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 6.2% and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 5.9%.
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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 $10.3 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), down 7.8%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 7.7%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 6.7% and Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 6.7%.

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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