3 Stocks Dragging In The Transportation Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 126 points (-0.8%) at 15,723 as of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,087 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 3.0%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 1.0%, Union Pacific ( UNP), down 0.7% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 0.7%.

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

3. Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings is down $0.56 (-1.2%) to $47.28 on light volume. Thus far, 82,904 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 441,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.03-$47.40 after having opened the day at $47.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.84.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, solid stock price performance, 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 Ryanair Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.31 (-0.7%) to $46.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.83-$46.51 after having opened the day at $46.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.43.

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 $16.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is down $0.51 (-0.5%) to $95.27 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.02-$95.46 after having opened the day at $94.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.78.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $67.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 60.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full United Parcel Service 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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