J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell $1.55 (-2.0%) to $74.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,086,327 shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 689,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.56-$76.44 after having opened the day at $76.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.30. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Danaos Corporation ( DAC), down 9.2%, Frontline ( FRO), down 7.5%, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 7.3% and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 6.6%.

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 $9.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), up 3.7%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 3.6%, Navios Maritime Holdings ( NM), up 3.2% and Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 3.2%.

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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