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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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.57 (1.3%) to $45.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.89-$45.90 after having opened the day at $45.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.92.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. The company 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 $17.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.7% 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 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.48 (1.3%) to $37.86 on average volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.52-$38.00 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.38.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Delta Air Lines 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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