United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose $1.25 (4.0%) to $32.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,445,874 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,112,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.30-$33.23 after having opened the day at $31.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.29. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 36.1%, Era Group ( ERA), up 25.3%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 18.8% and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 10.0%.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 12.9%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 8.8%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 6.3% and TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Trinity Industries ( TRN) 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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