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Union Pacific ( UNP) 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, Union Pacific rose $2.87 (1.8%) to $159.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,531,515 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,886,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $156.86-$159.94 after having opened the day at $157.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.04. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 9.3%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 6.3%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 5.6% and Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 4.5%.
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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $73.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Torm A/S ( TRMD), down 10.9%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 8.2%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 6.9% and Euroseas ( ESEA), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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