United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell $3.16 (-9.3%) to $30.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,543,025 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,629,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.88-$32.55 after having opened the day at $32.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.07. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 21.2%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 14.1%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 12.8% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 6.4%.

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 $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 45.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

On the positive front, Danaos Corporation ( DAC), up 3.4%, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 3.3%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 2.9% and Allegiant Travel Company ( ALGT), up 2.8%.

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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