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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 170.50 points (-1.0%) at 17,737 as of Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,146 issues advancing vs. 1,926 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Box Ships ( TEU), up 2.5%, Rand Logistics ( RLOG), up 3.3%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), up 7.0%, Air T ( AIRT), up 4.0% and ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 2.2%.

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

Diana Containerships ( DCIX) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Diana Containerships was up $0.14 (7.0%) to $2.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 524,306 shares of Diana Containerships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.00-$2.18 after having opened the day at $2.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.00.

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 $141.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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. 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 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 45.21%, 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'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 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to 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 ($0.08 versus -$1.75).
  • The gross profit margin for DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.75%. 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 10.99% trails the industry average.

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

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At the close, Rand Logistics ( RLOG) was up $0.12 (3.3%) to $3.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 88,813 shares of Rand Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.78-$4.01 after having opened the day at $3.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.80.

Rand Logistics, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides bulk freight shipping services in the Great Lakes region. The company offers domestic port-to-port services. Rand Logistics has a market cap of $69.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Rand Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rand Logistics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLOG go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.71 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, RLOG maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.77, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • RLOG'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 30.18%, 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.
  • 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, RAND LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RAND LOGISTICS 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, RAND LOGISTICS INC reported poor results of -$0.44 versus -$0.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.02 versus -$0.44).
  • 35.93% is the gross profit margin for RAND LOGISTICS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.75% trails the industry average.

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

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Box Ships ( TEU) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Box Ships was up $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 123,013 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 185,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.80-$0.87 after having opened the day at $0.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.81.

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 $21.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Box Ships as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry average. The net income increased by 16.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.84 million to $5.65 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.67%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TEU's net profit margin of 48.00% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • TEU'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 70.30%, 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'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.

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

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