Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,430 as of Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 211 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 1.8%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), up 12.4%, Euroseas ( ESEA), up 1.6%, Box Ships ( TEU), up 2.5% and Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSGB), up 2.8%.

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

Euroseas ( ESEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Euroseas was up $0.10 (1.6%) to $6.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,157 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.21-$6.46 after having opened the day at $6.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.36.

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. Euroseas has a market cap of $35.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 41.34%, 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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At the close, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR) was up $0.10 (12.4%) to $0.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,222 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.79-$0.90 after having opened the day at $0.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.80.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. Ultrapetrol Bahamas has a market cap of $122.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 62.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, ULTR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.99, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.90 million or 93.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD has marginally lower results.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.49%. Regardless of ULTR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ULTR's net profit margin of -6.03% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 74.86%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 33.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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

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Globus Maritime ( GLBS) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Globus Maritime was up $0.02 (1.8%) to $1.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,000 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.08-$1.08 after having opened the day at $1.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.06.

Globus Maritime Limited, an integrated dry bulk shipping company, provides marine transportation services worldwide. It owns, operates, and manages a fleet of dry bulk vessels that transport iron ore, coal, grain, steel products, cement, alumina, and other dry bulk cargoes. Globus Maritime has a market cap of $10.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 55.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Globus Maritime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GLBS go as follows:

  • GLOBUS MARITIME LTD 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, GLOBUS MARITIME LTD reported lower earnings of $0.29 versus $0.52 in the prior year.
  • 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 405.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.08 million to -$3.30 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, GLOBUS MARITIME LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.32 million or 88.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, GLOBUS MARITIME LTD has marginally lower results.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 59.93%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 409.09% 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: Globus Maritime Ratings Report

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