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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 78.22 points (-0.4%) at 17,774 as of Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,227 issues advancing vs. 1,763 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 3.5%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 2.2%, Euroseas ( ESEA), up 6.1%, Pangaea Logistics Solutions ( PANL), up 4.9% and StealthGas ( GASS), up 2.1%.

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

Euroseas ( ESEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Euroseas was up $0.05 (6.1%) to $0.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 31,832 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.83-$0.88 after having opened the day at $0.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.82.

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 $50.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 39.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates 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, weak operating cash flow, 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.63 million or 421.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for EUROSEAS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 21.79%. Regardless of ESEA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ESEA's net profit margin of -35.67% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 30.40%, 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry average. The net income increased by 1.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.81 million to -$3.74 million.

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

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At the close, Globus Maritime ( GLBS) was up $0.06 (2.2%) to $2.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,750 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.76-$2.82 after having opened the day at $2.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.76.

Globus Maritime has a market cap of $29.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 27.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was up $0.03 (3.5%) to $0.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,143 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.85-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.85.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $66.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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