Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Alaska Air Group ( ALK) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Alaska Air Group fell $0.79 (-1.3%) to $60.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,033,907 shares of Alaska Air Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,063,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.67-$61.85 after having opened the day at $61.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.16. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), down 7.1%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 4.9%, Tsakos Energy Navigation ( TNP), down 3.0% and Euroseas ( ESEA), down 2.8%.

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo. Alaska Air Group has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Alaska Air Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alaska Air Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Frontline ( FRO), up 8.4%, Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), up 7.2%, Danaos Corporation ( DAC), up 6.5% and Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Canadian National Railway ( CNI) 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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