Copa Holdings SA (CPA): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Copa Holdings ( CPA) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Copa Holdings rose $1.92 (1.4%) to $135.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 436,233 shares of Copa Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 353,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $131.38-$136.51 after having opened the day at $133.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.07. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 5.3%, Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), up 3.3%, Air Methods ( AIRM), up 2.6% and International Shipholding Corporation ( ISH), up 2.2%.
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Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It provides services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Copa Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copa Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 11.9%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 4.7%, Roadrunner Transportation Systems ( RRTS), down 4.2% and Marten Transport ( MRTN), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) 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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