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Tickers in this Article: PAC, HII, KEX, FWRD, TK, AIRM, AAWW
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq up 0.3%, the S&P 500 rising 0.3% and the Dow climbing 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.

The Transportation sector (IYT) is relatively unchanged on a good day for the market overall. So far, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC)$2.43 billion+2.1%
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII)$2.04 billion-1.8%
Kirby (NYSE:KEX)$3.12 billion+1.7%
Forward (Nasdaq:FWRD)$875.8 million+1.6%
Teekay (NYSE:TK)$2.16 billion-1.5%
Air (Nasdaq:AIRM)$1.42 billion+1.5%
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Nasdaq:AAWW)$1.37 billion-1.2%
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Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC) is up 2.1% to reach a current price of $44.12 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 5,600 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

After a decline of 1.8%, Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) has hit a share price of $40.52. The company's volume is currently 173,118 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average.

Kirby (NYSE:KEX) is currently trading at $56.87 per share, a 1.7% increase. So far today, 72,435 shares have changed hands.

Forward (Nasdaq:FWRD) has increased to a share price of $30.56, a 1.6% rise. With 36,649 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

Teekay (NYSE:TK) has fallen 1.5% and is currently trading at $30.71 per share. The company's volume is currently 103,150 shares.

Air (Nasdaq:AIRM) is at $111.55 per share after an increase of 1.5%. The company's volume is currently 34,525 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average.

Falling 1.2%, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Nasdaq:AAWW) is currently at a share price of $51.02. The company is currently trading a volume of 32,917 shares.

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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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