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Tickers in this Article: ALEX, KSU, HOS, LSTR, CP, JBHT, NSC
Currently, the Nasdaq has risen 0.2%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.1% and the Dow has slipped 0.2%. 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 biggest movers in the Transportation sector (IYT) (+1%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX)$1.28 billion-2.7%
Kansas City (NYSE:KSU)$8.6 billion-2.5%
Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS)$1.27 billion+2.4%
Landstar System (Nasdaq:LSTR)$2.35 billion-1.8%
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP)$16.16 billion-1.5%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services (Nasdaq:JBHT)$7.03 billion-1.4%
Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC)$19.08 billion-1.3%
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Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) is down 2.7% to reach $29.04 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 85,840 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Kansas City (NYSE:KSU) is currently trading at a share price of $76.19, a 2.5% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 311,842 shares, 0.4 times the average daily volume.

After rising 2.4%, Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) is currently trading at a share price of $36.85. So far today, 128,108 shares have changed hands.

After a decline of 1.8%, Landstar System (Nasdaq:LSTR) has hit a share price of $49.66. The company's volume is currently 182,955 shares for the day, 0.7 times its current three-month average.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) has decreased to $91.92 per share, a 1.5% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 283,530 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of one million shares.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services (Nasdaq:JBHT) is trading at $58.62 per share, down 1.4%. So far today, the company's volume is 254,069 shares, 0.3 times its current daily average.

At $59.58, Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) has slipped 1.3%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 628,416 shares.

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

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