3 Stocks Moving The Transportation Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,110 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,666 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.7%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 0.8% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 0.7%.

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

3. Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern is up $1.07 (0.9%) to $117.27 on average volume. Thus far, 300,595 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.51-$117.36 after having opened the day at $115.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.20.

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Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern ( NSC) is up $0.77 (0.7%) to $109.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Norfolk Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.30-$109.40 after having opened the day at $108.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.56.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. As of December 31, 2013, it operated approximately 20,000 miles of road in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Norfolk Southern a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Norfolk Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $31.40 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.09-$31.41 after having opened the day at $31.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.21.

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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 $31.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full CSX 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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