3 Stocks Dragging The Transportation Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 16,185 as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,812 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

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

3. Kirby ( KEX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, Kirby is down $1.20 (-1.2%) to $100.40 on light volume. Thus far, 72,575 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 364,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.04-$101.80 after having opened the day at $101.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.60.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that 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, DryShips ( DRYS) is down $0.20 (-5.4%) to $3.51 on average volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.49-$3.80 after having opened the day at $3.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.71.

DryShips Inc. owns drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. DryShips has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate DryShips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DryShips as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full DryShips Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is down $0.57 (-0.6%) to $95.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 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 $95.78-$96.37 after having opened the day at $96.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.49.

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 $69.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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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