3 Stocks Advancing The Transportation Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

3. United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings is up $0.35 (0.8%) to $41.93 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 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 $41.31-$42.34 after having opened the day at $41.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.58.

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 $15.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is up $0.91 (0.9%) to $102.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.66-$102.50 after having opened the day at $101.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.51.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $70.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full United Parcel Service Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.39 (0.7%) to $193.02 on average volume. Thus far, 798,782 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $191.96-$194.14 after having opened the day at $192.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.63.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $85.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific 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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