All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 120.72 points (-0.7%) at 17,420 as of Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included PHI ( PHII), up 1.8%, Euroseas ( ESEA), up 2.7%, CHC Group ( HELI), up 6.4%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSGB), up 3.5% and International Shipholding ( ISH), up 20.6%.

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

CHC Group ( HELI) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. CHC Group was up $0.02 (6.4%) to $0.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 58,728 shares of CHC Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 320,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.31-$0.36 after having opened the day at $0.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.33.

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 $24.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 89.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CHC Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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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.

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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At the close, Euroseas ( ESEA) was up $0.17 (2.7%) to $6.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,030 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.40-$6.60 after having opened the day at $6.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.40.

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. Euroseas has a market cap of $36.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Euroseas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Euroseas as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ESEA 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 144.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.21 million to -$5.40 million.
  • The gross profit margin for EUROSEAS LTD is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.56%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -62.20% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.46 million or 521.70% 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 46.32%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% 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.
  • 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, EUROSEAS LTD'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: Euroseas Ratings Report

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PHI ( PHII) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. PHI was up $0.50 (1.8%) to $28.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 281 shares of PHI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.45-$28.45 after having opened the day at $28.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.95.

PHI, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation services to, from, and among offshore facilities involved in the oil and gas exploration, development, and production industry in North America, West Africa, and the Middle East. PHI has a market cap of $81.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate PHI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PHI as a hold. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PHII go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 22.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.89, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.11, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • PHI INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PHI INC reported lower earnings of $2.08 versus $3.77 in the prior year.
  • PHII has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 21.88% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, PHI INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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

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