US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, US Airways Group rose $0.38 (2.2%) to $17.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,231,585 shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.41-$17.81 after having opened the day at $17.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.38. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 22.7%, Frontline ( FRO), up 11.9%, Swift Transportation ( SWFT), up 7.9% and Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 5.1%.
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US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Torm A/S ( TRMD), down 13.7%, Air Methods ( AIRM), down 4.5%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 3.6% and Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 3.2%.

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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