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Tickers in this Article: MINI, TGP, GWR, GMT, NSC, KSU, CP
The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has increased 1.7%; the S&P 500 has risen 1.5%; and the Dow has moved up 1.3%. 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.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI)$851.5 million+4.1%
Teekay LNG Partners (NYSE:TGP)$2.34 billion+2.4%
Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR)$3.16 billion+1.9%
GATX (NYSE:GMT)$1.88 billion+1.8%
Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC)$17.81 billion+1.3%
Kansas City (NYSE:KSU)$8.13 billion+1.3%
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP)$15.57 billion+1.1%
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Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI) has moved up 4.1% and is currently trading at $19.39 per share. So far today, 35,871 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

Teekay LNG Partners (NYSE:TGP) has increased to a share price of $36.97, a 2.4% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 123,940 shares, consistent with its current three-month average.

Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) has risen 1.9% and is currently trading at $68.69 per share. So far today, 160,002 shares have changed hands.

After an increase of 1.8%, GATX (NYSE:GMT) has reached a current price of $40.75. So far today, the company's volume is 28,481 shares, 0.1 times the current daily average.

Rising 1.3%, Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) is currently trading at $57.09 per share. The company's volume is currently 747,666 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

Increasing 1.3%, Kansas City (NYSE:KSU) is trading at $74.80 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 245,814 shares, 0.3 times its current three-month average.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) is up 1.1% to reach a current price of $91.11 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 608,198 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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