Trinity Industries Inc. (TRN): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Trinity Industries ( TRN) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Trinity Industries fell $0.68 (-1.5%) to $45.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,120,190 shares of Trinity Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,285,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.71-$45.72 after having opened the day at $45.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.69. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: 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%.

Trinity Industries, Inc. provides products and services to the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Sweden. Trinity Industries has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Trinity Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Trinity Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Kansas City Southern ( KSU) 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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