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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Golar LNG rose $2.19 (5.4%) to $43.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,498,351 shares of Golar LNG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.59-$43.17 after having opened the day at $40.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.85. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 24.2%, Box Ships ( TEU), up 8.0%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 4.7% and Navigator Holdings ( NVGS), up 4.7%.

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 $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, CHC Group ( HELI), down 8.1%, AAR Corporation ( AIR), down 8.0%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 5.0% and Spirit Airlines ( SAVE), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Southwest Airlines ( LUV) 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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