3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

The Transportation industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 1.8%, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 1.6%, Box Ships ( TEU), down 5.7%, Guangshen Railway ( GSH), down 3.6% and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 4.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Box Ships ( TEU) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Box Ships was down $0.08 (5.7%) to $1.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 131,083 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 114,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.32-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

Box Ships Inc., a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of containers worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, it had a fleet of 9 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 43,925 twenty-foot equivalent units. Box Ships has a market cap of $37.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 57.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates Box Ships as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:

  • 47.38% is the gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TEU's net profit margin of -10.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 137.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.02 million to -$1.52 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BOX SHIPS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Box Ships Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

If you liked this article you might like

3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower

Box Ships Series C Preferred Shares Cross 12% Yield Mark

3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Lower