Kansas City Southern Inc. (KSU): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Kansas City Southern ( KSU) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Kansas City Southern rose $1.60 (1.4%) to $111.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 599,106 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.08-$112.42 after having opened the day at $110.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.39. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 4.0%, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 4.0%, StealthGas ( GASS), up 3.6% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 3.3%.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, 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.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 8.5%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 5.1%, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), down 4.7% and Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Trinity Industries ( TRN) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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