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The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included Kelso Technologies ( KIQ), down 5.5%, CHC Group ( HELI), down 12.4%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 1.6%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.9% and StealthGas ( GASS), down 1.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

FreeSeas ( FREE) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. FreeSeas was down $0.08 (8.9%) to $0.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,183,530 shares of FreeSeas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 377,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.82-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

FreeSeas has a market cap of $888,842 and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 97.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, Diana Containerships ( DCIX) was down $0.03 (1.6%) to $1.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 302,853 shares of Diana Containerships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 89,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.80-$1.94 after having opened the day at $1.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.93.

Diana Containerships Inc. operates in the seaborne transportation industry. It owns and operates containerships. As of December 31, 2014, its fleet consisted of seven panamax and four post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 52,359 20-foot equivalent unit. Diana Containerships has a market cap of $146.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Diana Containerships a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Diana Containerships as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DCIX go as follows:

  • The share price of DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC has not done very well: it is down 18.86% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 266.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.30 million to -$0.50 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $3.64 million or 34.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -82.47%.
  • DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.06 versus -$1.75 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 33.3% in earnings ($0.04 versus $0.06).
  • 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.

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

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CHC Group ( HELI) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. CHC Group was down $0.04 (12.4%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 188,696 shares of CHC Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 328,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.29-$0.37 after having opened the day at $0.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.34.

CHC Group Ltd. provides commercial helicopter services to the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Helicopter Services and Heli-One. CHC Group has a market cap of $30.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 89.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CHC Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CHC Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HELI go as follows:

  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 365.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$23.22 million to -$107.99 million.
  • Although HELI's debt-to-equity ratio of 7.68 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, HELI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.78, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for CHC GROUP LTD is rather low; currently it is at 15.19%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -28.89% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$30.52 million or 260.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 94.42%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 641.37% compared to the year-earlier 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.

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

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