DryShips Inc. (DRYS): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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DryShips ( DRYS) 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, DryShips rose $0.15 (4.3%) to $3.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,480,483 shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,199,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.53-$3.70 after having opened the day at $3.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.51. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 14.9%, Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 12.4%, Republic Airways Holdings ( RJET), up 10.5% and Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 8.7%.

DryShips Inc. owns drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. DryShips has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), down 5.9%, Quality Distribution ( QLTY), down 5.0%, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS), down 5.0% and Frontline ( FRO), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Old Dominion Freight Lines ( ODFL) 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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