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

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DryShips ( DRYS) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, DryShips fell $0.04 (-1.1%) to $3.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,361,003 shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,676,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.67-$3.79 after having opened the day at $3.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.73. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Swift Transportation ( SWFT), down 6.3%, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 5.1%, Covenant Transportation Group ( CVTI), down 3.9% and AAR Corporation ( AIR), down 3.9%.

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 124.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 positive front, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 10.3%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 10.1%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 9.5% and Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 8.9% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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