3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Transportation Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.3%) at 16,478 as of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings is up $0.65 (1.3%) to $49.35 on average volume. Thus far, 302,510 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 437,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.26-$49.89 after having opened the day at $49.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.70.

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 $13.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% 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, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.19 (1.0%) to $19.72 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.41-$19.76 after having opened the day at $19.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.53.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.83 (2.1%) to $39.52 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.65-$39.53 after having opened the day at $38.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.69.

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 $14.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.3% 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 4 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 3 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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