Golar LNG Ltd. (GLNG): Today's Featured Transportation Winner

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Golar LNG ( GLNG) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Golar LNG rose $3.03 (8.1%) to $40.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,856,577 shares of Golar LNG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 872,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.13-$40.74 after having opened the day at $37.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.55. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 17.1%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 9.1%, Ardmore Shipping ( ASC), up 8.9% and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 6.7%.

Golar LNG Limited, a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, engages in the transportation, regasification and liquefaction, and trading of LNG. Golar LNG has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Golar LNG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Golar LNG as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), down 5.1%, USA Truck ( USAK), down 4.5%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 2.6% and Air Methods ( AIRM), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) 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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