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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 140 points (0.8%) at 17,869 as of Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,747 issues advancing vs. 1,330 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.1%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Kelso Technologies ( KIQ), up 2.2%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 2.0%, Rand Logistics ( RLOG), up 3.0%, Guangshen Railway ( GSH), up 1.5% and Air T ( AIRT), up 9.3%.

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

Guangshen Railway ( GSH) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Guangshen Railway was up $0.37 (1.5%) to $24.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,340 shares of Guangshen Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.53-$24.65 after having opened the day at $24.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.25.

Guangshen Railway has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, Rand Logistics ( RLOG) was up $0.11 (3.0%) to $3.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 48,221 shares of Rand Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 69,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.60-$3.72 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.61.

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 $65.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 47.05%, 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 on the basis of return on equity, RAND LOGISTICS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of 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).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry. The net income increased by 380.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.22 million to $5.84 million.

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

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FreeSeas ( FREE) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. FreeSeas was up $0.00 (2.0%) to $0.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,612,836 shares of FreeSeas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,941,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.09-$0.10 after having opened the day at $0.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.09.

FreeSeas Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides drybulk shipping services. Its vessels carry various drybulk commodities, such as iron ore, grain, and coal, as well as bauxite, phosphate, fertilizers, steel products, cement, sugar, and rice. FreeSeas has a market cap of $10.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate FreeSeas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FreeSeas 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 generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FREE go as follows:

  • FREE'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 94.24%, 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.
  • FREE's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62 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. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.11 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 45.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, FREESEAS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FREESEAS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, FREESEAS INC continued to lose money by earning -$29.37 versus -$220.50 in the prior year.

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

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