UAL, NSC And UNP, Pushing Transportation Industry Downward

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 15,282 as of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,222 issues advancing vs. 1,685 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings is down $0.52 (-1.6%) to $31.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.13-$31.95 after having opened the day at $31.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.00.

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 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is down $0.81 (-1.1%) to $73.58 on average volume. Thus far, 875,980 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 $73.25-$74.07 after having opened the day at $73.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.39.

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 $23.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, 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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1. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is down $1.40 (-0.9%) to $158.01 on average volume. Thus far, 670,719 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 $157.66-$159.01 after having opened the day at $159.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.41.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $72.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 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).

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