NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Whenever my wife and I travel from Tampa Bay up north, I keep an eye on truck traffic to gauge economic activity.
Truck traffic was significantly heavier last week than it was during our last trip last August. Although I did not see any major trucking company dominate the interstate, I noticed more Federal Express (FDX) and United Parcel Services (UPS) trucks in both directions of our trip.
Many truckers are stopping along the way at TravelCenters of America (TA) for the rest stop's full-service hospitality, which includes fuel, dining, showers and heavy truck repairs. My wife and I like to use these service areas because you know the rest rooms will be clean.
The three stocks mentioned above are lagging the Dow Transportation Average, which set an all-time intraday high at 7938.42 on Thursday, up 7.1% year to date.
FedEx ($139.33 at Thursday's close) is down 3.1% year to date and up 8.7% since its 2014 low at $128.17 set on Feb. 4. The daily chart is neutral with the stock above its 21-day, 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $137.39, $135.78 and $129.91, respectively. The 2014 low was $128.17 on Feb.4.
The weekly chart for FedEx is positive with its five-week modified moving average at $136.68 and its 200-week MMA at $98.78. Semiannual and quarterly value levels are $133.40 and $127.54, respectively, with a monthly risky level at $159.15.
United Parcel Services ($101.66 at Thursday's close) is down 3.3% year to date and up 9.1% since its 2014 low at $93.18 set on Feb. 4. The daily chart is neutral with the stock above its 21-day, 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $99.69, $98.35 and $96.28.