Union Pacific Corp (UNP): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $4.28 (2.5%) to $176.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,675,862 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,945,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $174.33-$177.00 after having opened the day at $174.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.95. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 10.6%, USA Truck ( USAK), up 9.2%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 6.4% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 6.2%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $79.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Allegiant Travel Company ( ALGT), down 8.6%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 8.3%, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), down 6.2% and Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Kirby ( KEX) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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