All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15.93 points (-0.1%) at 17,529 as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 984 issues advancing vs. 2,001 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Transportation industry included Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 3.3%, Kelso Technologies ( KIQ), up 32.9%, CHC Group ( HELI), up 31.5%, Air T ( AIRT), up 4.8% and StealthGas ( GASS), up 2.6%.

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 $1.07 (4.8%) to $23.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,618 shares of Air T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.00-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.18.

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 $52.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 105.86%, 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.
  • AIRT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. 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 194.42%.
  • AIRT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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 $0.09 (31.5%) to $0.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 264,009 shares of CHC Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.41 after having opened the day at $0.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.29.

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 $26.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 91.0% 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.

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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 94.54%, 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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Globus Maritime ( GLBS) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry higher today. Globus Maritime was up $0.04 (3.3%) to $1.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,992 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.25-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.21.

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 $11.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 49.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 66.88%, 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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