CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, CH Robinson Worldwide rose $0.79 (1.4%) to $57.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,078,025 shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,642,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.80-$57.86 after having opened the day at $56.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.87. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 21.5%, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 9.0%, Era Group ( ERA), up 6.8% and Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), up 4.8%.
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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 $9.0 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 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

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.

On the negative front, Torm A/S ( TRMD), down 8.0%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), down 4.6%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 4.3% and China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 3.5%.

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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