The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 5.8%, Euroseas ( ESEA), down 2.4%, Box Ships ( TEU), down 3.5%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSGB), down 3.7% and Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Box Ships ( TEU) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Box Ships was down $0.02 (3.5%) to $0.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 177,904 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.65-$0.73 after having opened the day at $0.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

Box Ships Inc., a shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of containers worldwide. As of March 4, 2015, it had a fleet of nine containerships with a total capacity of approximately 43,925 twenty-foot equivalent units. Box Ships has a market cap of $22.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Box Ships as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:

  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, BOX SHIPS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TEU's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 46.97%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • BOX SHIPS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BOX SHIPS INC reported lower earnings of $0.01 versus $0.46 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 1100.0% in earnings (-$0.10 versus $0.01).
  • TEU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.51%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.46% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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At the close, Euroseas ( ESEA) was down $0.16 (2.4%) to $6.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,371 shares of Euroseas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.26-$6.34 after having opened the day at $6.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.44.

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. Euroseas has a market cap of $36.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 gross profit margin for EUROSEAS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 19.67%. Regardless of ESEA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ESEA's net profit margin of -33.32% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.67 million or 78.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 78.95%, EUROSEAS LTD is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -87.69%.
  • ESEA's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 43.22%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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

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Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Ultrapetrol Bahamas was down $0.05 (5.8%) to $0.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,655 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.78-$0.92 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.83.

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 $126.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 61.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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.

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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 76.82%, 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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