CSX Corp (CSX): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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CSX ( CSX) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, CSX rose $0.27 (1.1%) to $25.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,226,834 shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,053,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.25-$25.66 after having opened the day at $25.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.19. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 12.4%, Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), up 6.7%, StealthGas ( GASS), up 5.6% and Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 5.1%.
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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 $25.9 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 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 9.1%, Frontline ( FRO), down 7.4%, Knightsbridge Tankers ( VLCCF), down 4.8% and Teekay Tankers ( TNK), down 4.7%.

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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