5 Stocks Boosting The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 153 points (1.0%) at 15,456 as of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,106 issues advancing vs. 846 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.21.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway is up $2.49 (1.86) to $136.33 on light volume Thus far, 304,617 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 886,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.37-$136.79 after having opened the day at $134.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.84.

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 $23.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.7% 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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4. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is up $3.06 (2.75) to $114.43 on average volume Thus far, 496,563 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.62-$114.66 after having opened the day at $112.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.37.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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3. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $1.08 (1.39) to $78.72 on light volume Thus far, 672,369 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.35-$78.97 after having opened the day at $78.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.64.

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 $24.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.33 (1.28) to $25.83 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.70-$25.99 after having opened the day at $25.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.50.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full CSX Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $2.13 (1.36) to $158.94 on average volume Thus far, 857,544 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.88-$159.58 after having opened the day at $158.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.81.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $73.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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