Today's Top Performers In Transportation

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 15,419 as of Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,348 issues advancing vs. 1,561 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.5%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), down 1.0% and Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 0.8%.

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

4. Matson ( MATX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Matson is up $1.65 (6.2%) to $28.15 on average volume. Thus far, 123,824 shares of Matson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 311,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.96-$28.31 after having opened the day at $28.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.50.

Matson, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an ocean freight carrier in the Pacific. The company operates through Ocean Transportation and Logistics segments. It offers ocean transportation services through the carriage of containerized freight between various U.S. Matson has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Matson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Matson as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Matson Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Arkansas Best Corporation ( ABFS) is up $3.20 (16.2%) to $22.91 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Arkansas Best Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 514,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.00-$23.74 after having opened the day at $20.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.71.

Arkansas Best Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides freight transportation services and solutions. Arkansas Best Corporation has a market cap of $503.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 105.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Arkansas Best Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arkansas Best Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Arkansas Best Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $53.85 on light volume. Thus far, 79,383 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 295,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.52-$54.06 after having opened the day at $53.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.45.

Ryanair Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco. Ryanair Holdings has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 54.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ryanair Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryanair Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ryanair Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Air Methods ( AIRM) is up $5.39 (15.1%) to $41.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Air Methods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 534,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.35-$41.76 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.61.

Air Methods Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides air medical emergency transport services and systems in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Air Medical Services (AMS) and United Rotorcraft (UR). Air Methods has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Air Methods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Methods as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Air Methods 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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