5 Stocks Raising The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.3%) at 15,847 as of Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 971 issues advancing vs. 1,916 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Union Pacific ( UNP), up 0.7%.

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

5. UTi Worldwide ( UTIW) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, UTi Worldwide is up $1.42 (9.1%) to $16.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 671,689 shares of UTi Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 587,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.65-$17.68 after having opened the day at $15.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.56.

UTi Worldwide Inc. provides supply chain services and solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution. UTi Worldwide has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UTi Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UTi Worldwide as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full UTi Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $56.02 on light volume. Thus far, 189,634 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 876,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.25-$56.02 after having opened the day at $55.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.64.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $47.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.20 (1.1%) to $18.10 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.90-$18.15 after having opened the day at $17.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.90.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 74.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $1.15 (1.3%) to $88.34 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.90-$88.46 after having opened the day at $87.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.19.

Norfolk Southern Corporation engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $27.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.28 (1.0%) to $27.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.20-$27.55 after having opened the day at $27.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.20.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CSX 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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