4 Transportation Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is up $0.21 (1.4%) to $14.95 on light volume. Thus far, 190,075 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 521,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.63-$15.11 after having opened the day at $14.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.74.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 37.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kirby ( KEX) is up $0.82 (1.0%) to $83.89 on average volume. Thus far, 118,907 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.14-$84.29 after having opened the day at $83.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.07.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kirby as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Kirby Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies ( WAB) is up $0.43 (0.8%) to $57.05 on average volume. Thus far, 280,081 shares of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 566,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.77-$57.35 after having opened the day at $56.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.62.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, doing business as Wabtec Corporation, provides technology-based products and services for the freight rail and passenger transit industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Freight and Transit. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.21 (0.6%) to $34.72 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.34-$34.83 after having opened the day at $34.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.51.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 47.6% 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. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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