Expeditors International Of Washington Inc (EXPD): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Expeditors International of Washington rose $0.78 (1.9%) to $40.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,300,554 shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,495,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.66-$40.80 after having opened the day at $39.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.02. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Echo Global Logistics ( ECHO), up 7.5%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 7.1%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 6.3% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 5.7%.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 11.6%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 7.9%, Frontline ( FRO), down 5.7% and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Tidewater ( TDW) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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