5 Stocks Boosting The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 64 points (0.4%) at 16,322 as of Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,125 issues advancing vs. 788 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Kirby ( KEX), up 2.4%, and Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.55 (2.7%) to $21.27 on average volume. Thus far, 5.0 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 $20.80-$21.39 after having opened the day at $20.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.72.

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 $14.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who 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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4. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.25 (0.9%) to $28.68 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.41-$28.71 after having opened the day at $28.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.43.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $29.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CSX Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $1.56 (3.5%) to $46.16 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.75-$46.28 after having opened the day at $44.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.60.

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 $16.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who 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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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $1.11 (0.8%) to $141.60 on light volume. Thus far, 601,147 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $139.73-$142.00 after having opened the day at $140.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.49.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $44.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.72 (2.3%) to $31.64 on average volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.02-$31.85 after having opened the day at $31.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.92.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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