3 Stocks Driving The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

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

3. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.36 (1.6%) to $22.52 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.15-$22.55 after having opened the day at $22.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.16.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $2.20 (4.8%) to $48.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.65-$48.45 after having opened the day at $46.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.10.

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 $16.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.83 (2.6%) to $33.28 on average volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.62-$33.44 after having opened the day at $32.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.45.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $27.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Delta Air Lines 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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