3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 16,807 as of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,847 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 4.8%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), up 5.2%, International Shipholding ( ISH), up 1.8%, USA Truck ( USAK), up 2.3% and StealthGas ( GASS), up 2.0%.

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

International Shipholding ( ISH) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. International Shipholding was up $0.42 (1.8%) to $23.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,559 shares of International Shipholding exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.77-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.83.

International Shipholding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides maritime transportation services to commercial and governmental customers primarily under the medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment in the United States and internationally. International Shipholding has a market cap of $168.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates International Shipholding a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates International Shipholding as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ISH go as follows:

  • ISH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.84%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.42% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.50 million or 40.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: International Shipholding Ratings Report

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At the close, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR) was up $0.16 (5.2%) to $3.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 99,927 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 107,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.08-$3.25 after having opened the day at $3.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.07.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Central America, Europe, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. Ultrapetrol Bahamas has a market cap of $414.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ultrapetrol Bahamas as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • ULTR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD turned its bottom line around by earning $0.05 versus -$1.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.12 versus $0.05).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Marine industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 18.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$5.85 million to -$4.75 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, ULTR has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.77, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.52%. Regardless of ULTR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ULTR's net profit margin of -5.50% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ratings Report

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Radiant Logistics ( RLGT) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Radiant Logistics was up $0.15 (4.8%) to $3.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,423 shares of Radiant Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.04-$3.22 after having opened the day at $3.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.07.

Radiant Logistics, Inc. operates as a non-asset based transportation and logistic services company in the United States and internationally. Radiant Logistics has a market cap of $104.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Radiant Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radiant Logistics 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, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLGT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RLGT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.15 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.19, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 50.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 54.08% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, RLGT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Air Freight & Logistics industry. The net income increased by 86.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.88 million to $1.65 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Radiant Logistics Ratings Report

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