Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Transportation Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 99 points (0.6%) at 17,076 as of Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,467 issues advancing vs. 494 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), up 3.3%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.7%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 1.6% and FedEx ( FDX), up 0.6%.

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

3. CSX ( CSX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, CSX is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $31.00 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.86-$31.10 after having opened the day at $30.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.76.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CSX Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is up $0.87 (0.8%) to $103.52 on light volume. Thus far, 818,130 shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.84-$103.62 after having opened the day at $102.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.65.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $73.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full United Parcel Service Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $0.56 (0.6%) to $101.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.37-$101.18 after having opened the day at $100.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.45.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $92.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific 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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