3 Stocks Pushing The Transportation Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46.37 points (-0.3%) at 17,373 as of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,266 issues advancing vs. 1,814 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 21.9%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 1.6%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 9.0%, USD Partners ( USDP), up 2.2% and Dynagas LNG Partners ( DLNG), up 5.7%.

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

FreeSeas ( FREE) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. FreeSeas was up $0.05 (9.0%) to $0.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 824,850 shares of FreeSeas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 429,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.42-$0.58 after having opened the day at $0.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.50.

FreeSeas has a market cap of $510,340 and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 98.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO) was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,228 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.25-$1.31 after having opened the day at $1.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

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 $9.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SINO go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Transportation Infrastructure industry average. The net income increased by 7.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.33 million to $0.35 million.
  • SINO's revenue growth trails the industry average of 45.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.7%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA is rather high; currently it is at 52.97%. Regardless of SINO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year.
  • The share price of SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA has not done very well: it is down 24.45% 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. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.90 million or 215.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was up $0.21 (21.9%) to $1.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,600 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.17-$1.17 after having opened the day at $1.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.96.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $75.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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