3 Transportation Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 110 points (0.6%) at 17,054 as of Monday, July 14, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,026 issues advancing vs. 1,002 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), up 3.0%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 13.6%, Air T ( AIRT), up 1.6%, Euroseas ( ESEA), up 1.8% and Rand Logistics ( RLOG), up 3.9%.

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

Air T ( AIRT) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Air T was up $0.19 (1.6%) to $12.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,961 shares of Air T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.35-$12.89 after having opened the day at $12.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.17.

Air T, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides overnight air cargo, ground equipment sales, and ground support services in the United States and internationally. Air T has a market cap of $28.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Air T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Air T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AIRT go as follows:

  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • AIRT has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, AIRT has a quick ratio of 1.98, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Air Freight & Logistics industry average. The net income increased by 6.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.39 million to $0.42 million.
  • AIRT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Air T Ratings Report

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