4 Transportation Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Costamare ( CMRE), down 4.5%, and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Spirit Airlines ( SAVE) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Spirit Airlines is up $0.72 (1.7%) to $43.64 on light volume. Thus far, 236,761 shares of Spirit Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 825,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.88-$43.81 after having opened the day at $42.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.92.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. provides low-fare airline services. It operates approximately 200 daily flights to 50 destinations in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Spirit Airlines has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 143.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Spirit Airlines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spirit Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Spirit Airlines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) is up $0.64 (0.8%) to $75.92 on light volume. Thus far, 134,484 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 780,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.14-$76.06 after having opened the day at $75.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.28.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.B. Hunt Transport Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full J.B. Hunt Transport Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is up $0.97 (0.8%) to $118.45 on light volume. Thus far, 139,236 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 660,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.47-$118.69 after having opened the day at $117.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.48.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.17 (0.9%) to $18.49 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 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 $18.32-$18.66 after having opened the day at $18.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.32.

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 $13.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 82.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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