3 Stocks Advancing The Transportation Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.37 versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Teekay Corporation ( TK), down 2.95, Copa Holdings ( CPA), down 2.31 and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 1.22.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services is up $0.59 (0.82) to $72.36 on average volume Thus far, 359,225 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.66-$72.48 after having opened the day at $71.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.77.

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 $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full J.B. Hunt Transport Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is up $1.88 (1.71) to $111.81 on average volume Thus far, 424,808 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 910,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.18-$112.17 after having opened the day at $109.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.93.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is up $1.15 (0.89) to $129.75 on average volume Thus far, 418,384 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.16-$130.88 after having opened the day at $129.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.60.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Canadian Pacific Railway a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Pacific Railway Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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