United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell $0.60 (-1.3%) to $44.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,373,160 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,792,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.18-$45.07 after having opened the day at $45.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.10. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), down 7.3%, Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA), down 7.0%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 3.2% and Costamare ( CMRE), down 2.7%.

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 $16.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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.

On the positive front, Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), up 9.0%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 7.7%, PHI Incorporated ( PHII), up 7.3% and Frontline ( FRO), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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