3 Stocks Raising The Transportation Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 18,051 as of Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,058 issues advancing vs. 1,892 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Transportation industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was American Airlines Group ( AAL), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Swift Transportation ( SWFT), down 7.5%, Old Dominion Freight Lines ( ODFL), down 5.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.6%, CSX ( CSX), down 1.4% and Canadian National Railway ( CNI), down 0.7%.

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

3. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Transportation industry higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.29 (0.8%) to $37.10 on average volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.42-$37.25 after having opened the day at $36.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.81.

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Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 665 Boeing 737 aircraft; and had 12 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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