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The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Transportation industry included Pangaea Logistics Solutions ( PANL), down 1.6%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 4.5%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 3.1%, Patriot Transportation Holdings ( PATR), down 2.5% and ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), down 2.3%.

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

Diana Containerships ( DCIX) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Diana Containerships was down $0.06 (3.1%) to $1.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 158,062 shares of Diana Containerships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.87-$2.01 after having opened the day at $2.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.96.

Diana Containerships Inc. operates in the seaborne transportation industry. It owns and operates containerships. Its fleet consists of 6 panamax and 2 post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 36,165 TEU. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Athens, Greece. Diana Containerships has a market cap of $70.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 52.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Diana Containerships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Diana Containerships as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DCIX go as follows:

  • DCIX'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 55.51%, 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6.00 million or 22.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 22.62%, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -93.92%.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • DCIX's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further.
  • DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC 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, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.75 versus $0.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.05 versus -$1.75).

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

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At the close, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR) was down $0.13 (4.5%) to $2.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 32,461 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.71-$2.88 after having opened the day at $2.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.88.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Central America, Europe, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. Ultrapetrol Bahamas has a market cap of $403.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ultrapetrol Bahamas as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD turned its bottom line around by earning $0.05 versus -$1.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.07 versus $0.05).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 23.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 18.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, ULTR has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.75, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 79.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.49 million to $2.77 million.

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

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Pangaea Logistics Solutions ( PANL) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Pangaea Logistics Solutions was down $0.08 (1.6%) to $5.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,926 shares of Pangaea Logistics Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.95-$5.20 after having opened the day at $5.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.12.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a market cap of $67.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 44.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Pangaea Logistics Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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