5 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

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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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.30 (-2.0%) to $15.20 on average volume. Thus far, 429,659 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 773,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.15-$15.49 after having opened the day at $15.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.51.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 539.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Tidewater ( TDW) is down $0.91 (-1.6%) to $54.79 on light volume. Thus far, 120,961 shares of Tidewater exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 346,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.79-$56.00 after having opened the day at $55.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.70.

Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. Tidewater has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Tidewater a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tidewater 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, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Tidewater Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is down $0.75 (-1.6%) to $45.79 on light volume. Thus far, 118,044 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 461,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.62-$46.01 after having opened the day at $45.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.54.

Ryanair Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco. Ryanair Holdings has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ryanair Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Kirby ( KEX) is down $1.03 (-1.1%) to $93.28 on light volume. Thus far, 58,623 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 260,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.28-$94.57 after having opened the day at $94.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.31.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $37.08 on light volume. Thus far, 648,306 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.01-$37.55 after having opened the day at $37.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.31.

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 $13.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 59.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Get the full United Continental Holdings 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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