3 Transportation Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 18,287 as of Monday, May 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,496 issues advancing vs. 1,491 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Kansas City Southern ( KSU), down 1.4%, and Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 1.1%.

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

3. FedEx ( FDX) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, FedEx is up $1.23 (0.7%) to $176.37 on light volume. Thus far, 543,843 shares of FedEx exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.01-$176.45 after having opened the day at $175.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.14.

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FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. FedEx has a market cap of $49.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate FedEx a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full FedEx Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $47.36 on light volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.87-$47.58 after having opened the day at $46.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.00.

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Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Airlines Group ( AAL) is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $49.04 on light volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of American Airlines Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.38-$49.08 after having opened the day at $48.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.66.

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American Airlines Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the airline industry. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated 983 mainline jets, as well as 566 regional aircrafts through regional airline subsidiaries and third-party regional carriers. American Airlines Group has a market cap of $33.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate American Airlines Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Airlines Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full American Airlines Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation ( IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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