Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0.33 points (0.0%) at 17,403 as of Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,563 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Pangaea Logistics Solutions ( PANL), up 8.4%, CHC Group ( HELI), up 7.0%, Air T ( AIRT), up 4.5%, USD Partners ( USDP), up 6.6% and Student Transportation ( STB), up 1.9%.

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

Air T ( AIRT) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Air T was up $0.99 (4.5%) to $23.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 190 shares of Air T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.14-$23.14 after having opened the day at $23.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.15.

Air T, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides overnight air cargo, ground equipment sales, and ground support services in the United States and internationally. Air T has a market cap of $54.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Air T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Air T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AIRT go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AIRT's share price has jumped by 91.13%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AIRT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Although AIRT's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.64, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 291.88% to $0.90 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AIR T INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 74.23%.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Air Freight & Logistics industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, AIR T INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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

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At the close, CHC Group ( HELI) was up $0.02 (7.0%) to $0.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 42,062 shares of CHC Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 314,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.33 after having opened the day at $0.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

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 $26.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 90.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 94.57%, 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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Pangaea Logistics Solutions ( PANL) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Pangaea Logistics Solutions was up $0.26 (8.4%) to $3.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,750 shares of Pangaea Logistics Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.11-$3.31 after having opened the day at $3.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.04.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a market cap of $113.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 36.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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