Union Pacific Corp (UNP): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $1.88 (1.1%) to $180.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,366,406 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,024,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $178.21-$181.17 after having opened the day at $178.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.50. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), up 9.9%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 9.3%, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 8.9% and Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 8.4%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $80.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, UTi Worldwide ( UTIW), down 8.6%, P.A.M. Transportation ( PTSI), down 4.8%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 4.8% and Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with JetBlue Airways Corporation ( JBLU) 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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