3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 101 points (0.6%) at 17,132 as of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,099 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 31.1%, Box Ships ( TEU), up 7.6%, China Eastern Airlines ( CEA), up 1.9%, StealthGas ( GASS), up 3.2% and Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA), up 2.1%.

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

China Eastern Airlines ( CEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. China Eastern Airlines was up $0.33 (1.9%) to $17.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20,232 shares of China Eastern Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.19-$17.50 after having opened the day at $17.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.08.

China Eastern Airlines has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, Box Ships ( TEU) was up $0.10 (7.6%) to $1.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 240,683 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 136,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.30-$1.45 after having opened the day at $1.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.31.

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 $34.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 60.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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:

  • The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 64.66%. Regardless of TEU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.38% trails the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.49 million or 44.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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

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Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Sino-Global Shipping America was up $0.78 (31.1%) to $3.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 30,249,303 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.21-$4.69 after having opened the day at $4.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.51.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides shipping agency services for ships coming to and departing from Chinese ports. Sino-Global Shipping America has a market cap of $7.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sino-Global Shipping America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sino-Global Shipping America as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SINO go as follows:

  • SINO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.24% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SINO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$0.29 million or 48.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 53.37%.
  • The gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA is rather high; currently it is at 56.07%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.58% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sino-Global Shipping America Ratings Report

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