3 Stocks Moving The Transportation Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.2%.

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

3. Kirby ( KEX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kirby is up $1.27 (1.3%) to $100.59 on average volume. Thus far, 222,145 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 357,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.30-$100.95 after having opened the day at $98.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.32.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kirby as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Kirby Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Copa Holdings ( CPA) is up $9.98 (7.4%) to $144.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 762,979 shares of Copa Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 413,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.68-$149.92 after having opened the day at $142.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.20.

Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It provides services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Copa Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copa Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Copa Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alaska Air Group ( ALK) is up $1.04 (1.3%) to $79.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 631,915 shares of Alaska Air Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 796,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.94-$80.50 after having opened the day at $76.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.24.

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo. Alaska Air Group has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Alaska Air Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alaska Air Group 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, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Alaska Air Group 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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