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Tickers in this Article: UTIW, LCC, CP, MINI, EXPD, CHRW, HOS
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.7%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.3%; and the Dow has increased 0.3%. The transportation sector is a category of stocks relating to the transportation of goods or customers. It is made up of airlines, railroads and trucking companies. The performance of the transportation sector is sensitive to the price of oil. Because operations revolve around the use of vehicles, fuel prices represent a significant cost to transportation companies. As the price of oil rises, transportation companies will be expected to earn less. Inversely, these companies do well when the cost of fuel decreases.

Despite a good day for the overall market so far, the Transportation sector (IYT) is down 0.1% and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
UTi Worldwide (Nasdaq:UTIW)$1.46 billion-8.7%
US Airways (NYSE:LCC)$1.97 billion+3.6%
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP)$16.88 billion+2.5%
Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI)$928.2 million-2.1%
CH Robinson (Nasdaq:CHRW)$9.98 billion-1.6%
Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS)$1.3 billion-1.5%
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UTi Worldwide (Nasdaq:UTIW) is trading at $12.82 per share, down 8.7%. This morning, the company's volume is 1.4 million shares. This is 4.2 times its average daily volume.

US Airways (NYSE:LCC) has increased to a share price of $12.55, a 3.6% rise. This morning, 3.3 million shares have been traded, consistent with the volume from yesterday.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) is up 2.5% to reach a current price of $99.90 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 932,253 shares.

Falling 2.1%, Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI) is currently at a share price of $19.88. So far today, the company's volume is 39,518 shares, 0.3 times the current three-month average.

So far today, the company's volume is 481,113 shares. This is 0.3 times the average daily volume.

Currently trading at $60.94 per share, CH Robinson (Nasdaq:CHRW) has fallen 1.6%. So far today, 264,321 shares have changed hands, while it was 869,909 shares yesterday.

Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) has decreased to $36.30 per share, a 1.5% fall. The company is currently trading a volume of 82,285 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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