DryShips Inc. (DRYS): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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DryShips ( DRYS) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, DryShips rose $0.04 (1.2%) to $3.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,371,429 shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,036,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.42-$3.51 after having opened the day at $3.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.42. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Global Ship Lease ( GSL), up 11.9%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 8.6%, Baltic Trading ( BALT), up 4.5% and USA Truck ( USAK), up 4.4%.

DryShips Inc. owns drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. DryShips has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 114.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate DryShips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DryShips as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Patriot Transportation Holdings ( PATR), down 8.2%, China Southern Airlines Company ( ZNH), down 7.0%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 7.0% and China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Delta Air Lines ( DAL) 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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