5 Stocks Pulling The Transportation Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower 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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, CH Robinson Worldwide is down $1.13 (-2.0%) to $55.87 on average volume Thus far, 907,161 shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.87-$56.58 after having opened the day at $56.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.00.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a third-party logistics company, provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies in various industries worldwide. CH Robinson Worldwide has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CH Robinson Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CH Robinson Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is down $0.18 (-1.3%) to $13.98 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.96-$14.16 after having opened the day at $14.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.16.

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 $10.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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3. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is down $0.55 (-0.7%) to $78.46 on light volume Thus far, 588,104 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.98-$78.97 after having opened the day at $78.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.01.

Norfolk Southern Corporation engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is down $0.99 (-1.0%) to $99.13 on light volume Thus far, 917,225 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.81-$99.95 after having opened the day at $99.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.12.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $31.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is down $0.28 (-1.5%) to $17.86 on light volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.78-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.13.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Delta Air Lines 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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