3 Stocks Pulling The Transportation Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%.

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

3. LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group is down $0.23 (-1.9%) to $11.66 on average volume. Thus far, 261,847 shares of LATAM Airlines Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 646,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.61-$11.88 after having opened the day at $11.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.89.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services in South America. LATAM Airlines Group has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 27.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates LATAM Airlines Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Teekay LNG Partners ( TGP) is down $0.50 (-1.2%) to $40.44 on average volume. Thus far, 97,688 shares of Teekay LNG Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 195,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.41-$41.08 after having opened the day at $40.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.94.

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. provides marine transportation services for liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and crude oil worldwide. Teekay LNG Partners has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Teekay LNG Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Teekay LNG Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Teekay LNG Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.32 (-0.7%) to $42.94 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 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 $41.93-$43.23 after having opened the day at $43.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.26.

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 $16.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings 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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