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

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings rose $0.50 (1.1%) to $46.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,346,651 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,516,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.25-$46.54 after having opened the day at $45.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.60. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Scorpio Tankers ( STNG), up 8.0%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 7.6%, Frontline ( FRO), up 6.4% and FreightCar America ( RAIL), up 5.5%.

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 $16.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 negative front, China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), down 3.7%, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 3.6%, Providence & Worcester Railroad Company ( PWX), down 3.0% and Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Kansas City Southern ( KSU) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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