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

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose $0.81 (2.2%) to $37.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,310,653 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,211,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.65-$37.72 after having opened the day at $36.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.74. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 18.3%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 6.4%, FreightCar America ( RAIL), up 5.7% and DHT Holdings ( DHT), up 4.5%.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 57.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 7.5%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 6.3%, Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), down 5.5% and Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) 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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