Copa Holdings SA (CPA): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Copa Holdings ( CPA) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Copa Holdings fell $1.78 (-1.3%) to $138.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 401,499 shares of Copa Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 444,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $137.87-$140.71 after having opened the day at $140.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.93. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 11.1%, Universal Truckload Services ( UACL), down 6.5%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 5.5% and China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 4.3%.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Copa Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copa Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, American Railcar Industries ( ARII), up 9.1%, Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 6.2%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 6.0% and Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) 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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