5 Stocks Moving The Transportation Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Pacific Airport Group ( PAC), up 2.6%, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S.A.B. de ( ASR), up 1.5%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.4% and Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 0.41.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Spirit Airlines ( SAVE) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Spirit Airlines is up $1.28 (5.05) to $26.64 on average volume Thus far, 408,001 shares of Spirit Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 579,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.52-$26.64 after having opened the day at $25.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.36.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. provides low-fare airline services. It operates approximately 200 daily flights to 50 destinations in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Spirit Airlines has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spirit Airlines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Spirit Airlines Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Copa Holdings ( CPA) is up $1.80 (1.45) to $125.76 on light volume Thus far, 118,400 shares of Copa Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 363,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.78-$126.37 after having opened the day at $123.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.96.

Copa Holdings, S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the air transportation of passengers, cargo, and mail in Latin America. As of January 22, 2013, it operated a fleet of 83 aircrafts, including 57 Boeing 737NG aircrafts and 26 EMBRAER-190s. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copa Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Copa Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.14 (1.03) to $13.68 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.48-$13.76 after having opened the day at $13.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.54.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is up $0.66 (0.61) to $108.30 on average volume Thus far, 446,313 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 906,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.62-$108.56 after having opened the day at $107.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.64.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.20 (0.64) to $32.20 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.67-$32.69 after having opened the day at $32.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.00.

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 Monday.

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. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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