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

CSX ( CSX) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, CSX rose $0.30 (1.2%) to $24.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,880,195 shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,108,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.31-$24.72 after having opened the day at $24.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.34. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Era Group ( ERA), up 25.1%, XPO Logistics ( XPO), up 9.5%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), up 8.6% and Global Ship Lease ( GSL), up 7.6%.

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 $24.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. 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, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 8.4%, Covenant Transportation Group ( CVTI), down 8.1%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 7.0% and Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 5.6% , 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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