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The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 3.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 2.1%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 2.7%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 10.2%, Euroseas ( ESEA), down 2.9%, Rand Logistics ( RLOG), down 2.4% and Global Ship Lease ( GSL), down 16.4%.

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

Euroseas ( ESEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Euroseas was down $0.03 (2.9%) to $1.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 135,656 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.00-$1.07 after having opened the day at $1.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.04.

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. It owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport bulks, such as iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as bauxite, phosphate, and fertilizers. Euroseas has a market cap of $61.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 25.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Euroseas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Euroseas as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ESEA go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, EUROSEAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for EUROSEAS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 15.92%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -49.46% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • ESEA's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 28.29%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • EUROSEAS LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EUROSEAS LTD reported poor results of -$2.27 versus -$0.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.26 versus -$2.27).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ESEA's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.72 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.

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

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At the close, Globus Maritime ( GLBS) was down $0.34 (10.2%) to $3.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,776 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.00-$3.36 after having opened the day at $3.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.34.

Globus Maritime has a market cap of $34.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Globus Maritime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was down $0.02 (2.7%) to $0.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,300 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.89-$0.89 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.91.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $66.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Metro-Rural Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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