United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B (UPS): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B fell $5.33 (-5.8%) to $86.12 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,244,849 shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,422,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.48-$87.50 after having opened the day at $86.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.45. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 5.1%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 4.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 4.0% and Saia ( SAIA), down 4.0%.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $65.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Era Group ( ERA), up 28.1%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 7.0%, Rand Logistics ( RLOG), up 3.9% and DryShips ( DRYS), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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