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

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Golar LNG ( GLNG) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Golar LNG fell $2.06 (-4.4%) to $44.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,283,825 shares of Golar LNG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,004,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.16-$46.27 after having opened the day at $45.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.47. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 9.8%, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 4.9%, GasLog ( GLOG), down 2.7% and SkyWest ( SKYW), down 2.1%.

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 $3.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 28.1% 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 7.2%, Covenant Transportation Group ( CVTI), up 6.6%, Marten Transport ( MRTN), up 5.4% and Hub Group ( HUBG), up 4.9% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Kansas City Southern ( KSU) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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