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

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US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, US Airways Group fell $0.64 (-3.4%) to $17.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,738,014 shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,742,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.65-$18.70 after having opened the day at $18.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.59. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: China Southern Airlines Company ( ZNH), down 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.7%, China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 2.7% and Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 2.5%.
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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 $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 positive front, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 16.7%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 15.8%, Frontline ( FRO), down 11.8% and TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 8.4% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Trinity Industries ( TRN) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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