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Tickers in this Article: FWRD, GMT, UTIW, SFL, GLNG, KSU, WAB
The Nasdaq has slipped 1.6%, the S&P 500 is trading down 1% and the Dow is down 1.1% on a bad morning for the market. 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) is down 1.2%, outperforming the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Forward (Nasdaq:FWRD)$891.5 million+8.9%
GATX (NYSE:GMT)$2.1 billion-3.6%
UTi Worldwide (Nasdaq:UTIW)$1.44 billion+3.3%
Ship Finance (NYSE:SFL)$1.21 billion+3.2%
Golar LNG Limited (Nasdaq:GLNG)$3.17 billion-2.8%
Kansas City (NYSE:KSU)$8.51 billion+2.2%
Westinghouse Air Brake (NYSE:WAB)$4.04 billion-2%
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After an increase of 8.9%, Forward (Nasdaq:FWRD) has reached a current price of $33.34. At 345,933 shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

Slipping 3.6%, GATX (NYSE:GMT) is currently trading at $43.20 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 108,066 shares.

After rising 3.3%, UTi Worldwide (Nasdaq:UTIW) is currently trading at a share price of $14.34. The company's volume is currently 486,518 shares for the day, in line with the current daily average.

Increasing 3.2%, Ship Finance (NYSE:SFL) is trading at $15.82 per share. So far today, 459,254 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

Golar LNG Limited (Nasdaq:GLNG) has fallen 2.8% and is currently trading at $38.36 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 74,781 shares, 0.2 times its current three-month average.

Kansas City (NYSE:KSU) is at $79.06 per share after an increase of 2.2%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 830,958 shares.

After a decline of 2%, Westinghouse Air Brake (NYSE:WAB) has hit a share price of $82.78. So far today, the company's volume is 50,086 shares, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. 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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