Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Delta Air Lines ( DAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines fell $0.36 (-1.8%) to $19.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,041,834 shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,842,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.75-$20.61 after having opened the day at $20.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.25. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 12.8%, UTi Worldwide ( UTIW), down 5.9%, Box Ships ( TEU), down 5.1% and Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), down 3.4%.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 70.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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.

On the positive front, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 24.9%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 11.2%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 8.4% and FreeSeas ( FREE), up 8.3% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) 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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