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Tickers in this Article: ARII, FDX, UAL, GLF, RYAAY, SWFT, AAWW
Currently, the Nasdaq is trading up 0.1%, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.1% and the Dow has moved little. 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.

The Transportation sector (IYT) has climbed 0.3% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
American Railcar Industries (Nasdaq:ARII)$733.7 million+4.1%
FedEx (NYSE:FDX)$29.01 billion+2.8%
United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL)$7.84 billion+2.7%
GulfMark Offshore (NYSE:GLF)$987.3 million-2.7%
Ryanair Holdings plc (Nasdaq:RYAAY)$9.98 billion+2.5%
Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT)$1.25 billion-2.3%
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Nasdaq:AAWW)$1.15 billion+1.8%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

American Railcar Industries (Nasdaq:ARII) is up 4.1% to reach a current price of $35.76 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 99,504 shares.

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) has moved up 2.8% and is currently trading at $94.99 per share. At 2.8 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.5 times the average daily volume.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) is at $24.21 per share after an increase of 2.7%. So far today, 1.4 million shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 4.8 million shares.

Currently trading at $35.66 per share, GulfMark Offshore (NYSE:GLF) has fallen 2.7%. The company's volume is currently 52,102 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

Ryanair Holdings plc (Nasdaq:RYAAY) has risen 2.5% to hit a current price of $35.50 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 179,375 shares.

Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) is trading at $8.75 per share, down 2.3%. The company's volume is currently 362,355 shares for the day, 0.3 times its current daily average.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Nasdaq:AAWW) has increased to a share price of $44.07, a 1.8% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 62,370 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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