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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 84.48 points (-0.5%) at 18,204 as of Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,114 issues advancing vs. 1,916 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 2.6%, Kelso Technologies ( KIQ), up 3.8%, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS), up 1.6% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.9%.

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

United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. United Continental Holdings was up $1.30 (1.9%) to $68.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,463,103 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,929,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.10-$68.73 after having opened the day at $66.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.81.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAL go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, UAL's share price has jumped by 44.02%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC 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, UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.79 versus $1.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.58 versus $2.79).
  • UAL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 22.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.80%. Regardless of UAL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.30% trails the industry average.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Airlines industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 80.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $140.00 million to $28.00 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: United Continental Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS) was up $0.17 (1.6%) to $10.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 377,139 shares of Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 188,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.56-$11.00 after having opened the day at $10.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.60.

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Sino-Global Shipping America was up $0.04 (2.6%) to $1.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,400 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.50-$1.58 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.54.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides customized shipping agency services primarily in the People's Republic of China. The company also offers shipping and chartering services, and inland transportation management services, as well as ship and crew management services for dry bulk ships. Sino-Global Shipping America has a market cap of $9.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sino-Global Shipping America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sino-Global Shipping America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SINO go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 34.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.1%. 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.
  • SINO has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.33, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 47.56% is the gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, SINO's net profit margin of 4.42% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.49 million or 317.15% 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 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 Transportation Infrastructure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 72.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.50 million to $0.14 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sino-Global Shipping America Ratings Report

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