3 Stocks Pulling The Transportation Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.14 (-0.9%) to $15.26 on light volume. Thus far, 114,374 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 552,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.20-$15.47 after having opened the day at $15.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.40.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is down $0.21 (-0.9%) to $23.33 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.02-$23.70 after having opened the day at $23.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.54.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.67 (-1.5%) to $43.27 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.77-$44.03 after having opened the day at $44.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.94.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. It transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with 118 seats, and its regional operations. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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