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The Transportation industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included Euroseas ( ESEA), down 3.9%, Overseas Shipholding Group Inc Class B ( OSGB), down 2.8%, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT), down 1.5%, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS), down 3.7% and FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.0%.

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

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB was down $0.31 (3.7%) to $8.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 46,318 shares of Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.16-$8.49 after having opened the day at $8.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.48.

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB has a market cap of $878.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 37.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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At the close, Radiant Logistics ( RLGT) was down $0.06 (1.5%) to $3.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,014 shares of Radiant Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 105,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.85-$3.98 after having opened the day at $3.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.91.

Radiant Logistics, Inc. provides non-asset based transportation and logistics services in the United States and internationally. Radiant Logistics has a market cap of $135.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 45.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Radiant Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Radiant Logistics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLGT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 26.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • RLGT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, RLGT's share price has jumped by 68.10%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • RADIANT LOGISTICS INC's earnings per share declined by 42.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RADIANT LOGISTICS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.11 versus $0.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.12 versus $0.11).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Air Freight & Logistics industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 10.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2.35 million to $2.12 million.

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

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Euroseas ( ESEA) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Euroseas was down $0.04 (3.9%) to $0.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 53,603 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.99-$1.02 after having opened the day at $1.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.03.

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 $59.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 29.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Euroseas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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.

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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 currently extremely low, coming in at 10.96%. 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 has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.75% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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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