Kirby Corp. (KEX): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Kirby ( KEX) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Kirby fell $1.70 (-1.7%) to $101.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 286,194 shares of Kirby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 483,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $100.83-$103.35 after having opened the day at $102.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.71. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Navios Maritime Holdings ( NM), down 6.5%, Safe Bulkers ( SB), down 5.0%, Box Ships ( TEU), down 4.5% and Frontline ( FRO), down 4.2%.

Kirby Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides marine transportation and diesel engine services primarily in the United States. Its Marine Transportation segment provides transportation services for the inland and coastal markets. Kirby has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kirby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kirby as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 6.1%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 6.0% and CHC Group ( HELI), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Bristow Group ( BRS) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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