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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $2.49 (1.4%) to $175.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,978,116 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,963,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $172.72-$175.61 after having opened the day at $172.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.63. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 12.4%, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 7.8%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 6.1% and Con-way ( CNW), up 5.7%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $79.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Roadrunner Transportation Systems ( RRTS), down 13.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 6.7%, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), down 3.8% and P.A.M. Transportation ( PTSI), down 3.4%.

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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