5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Transportation Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Nordic American Tankers ( NAT) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nordic American Tankers is up $0.86 (10.7%) to $8.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Nordic American Tankers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.10-$8.97 after having opened the day at $8.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.06.

Nordic American Tankers Limited, a tanker company, engages in acquiring and chartering double-hull tankers. Its fleet consists of 20 double-hull Suezmax tankers. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Nordic American Tankers has a market cap of $540.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Nordic American Tankers a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nordic American Tankers as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nordic American Tankers Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Golar LNG ( GLNG) is up $0.88 (2.3%) to $39.19 on average volume. Thus far, 295,181 shares of Golar LNG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 555,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.30-$39.36 after having opened the day at $38.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.31.

Golar LNG Limited, a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, engages in the transportation, regasification and liquefaction, and trading of LNG. Golar LNG has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Golar LNG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Golar LNG as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Golar LNG Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DryShips ( DRYS) is up $0.27 (7.5%) to $3.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 19.8 million shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.61-$3.88 after having opened the day at $3.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.60.

DryShips Inc. owns drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. DryShips has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 116.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate DryShips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DryShips as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full DryShips Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, US Airways Group ( LCC) is up $0.35 (1.8%) to $19.34 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.80-$19.39 after having opened the day at $19.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.99.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 39.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full US Airways Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.25 (0.7%) to $34.14 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.19-$34.27 after having opened the day at $33.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.89.

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 $11.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 41.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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 5 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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