3 Stocks Boosting The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 17,039 as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 915 issues advancing vs. 2,069 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Copa Holdings ( CPA), up 3.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies ( WAB), down 1.2%, Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), down 1.1% and LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL), down 1.0%.

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

3. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.18 (0.7%) to $27.78 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.50-$27.87 after having opened the day at $27.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.60.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 46.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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