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Tickers in this Article: SBLK, CEA, GLNG, GMLP, LFL, CPA, MINI
The morning has been bad for the market. The Nasdaq has declined 0.4%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.7%; and the Dow has fallen 0.8%. 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 up 0.2% on a bad day for the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Star Bulk (Nasdaq:SBLK)$562.1 million+8.5%
China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd (NYSE:CEA)$4.05 billion-3.4%
Golar LNG Limited (Nasdaq:GLNG)$3.2 billion-2.9%
Golar LNG (Nasdaq:GMLP)$1 billion-1.9%
Lan Airlines S.A (NYSE:LFL)$10.95 billion-1.9%
Copa Holdings (NYSE:CPA)$4.18 billion-1.5%
Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI)$876.6 million+1.3%
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Star Bulk (Nasdaq:SBLK) has increased to a share price of $7.53, a 8.5% rise. The company's volume is currently 45,619 shares. Yesterday, volume was only 12,323 shares.

China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd (NYSE:CEA) is down 3.4% to reach $17.33 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1,975 shares, 0.2 times the current three-month average.

Golar LNG Limited (Nasdaq:GLNG) has fallen 2.9% and is currently trading at $38.73 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 145,761 shares.

Golar LNG (Nasdaq:GMLP) is trading at $28.39 per share, down 1.9%. The company's volume is currently 23,798 shares for the day, 0.1 times its current daily average.

After a decline of 1.9%, Lan Airlines S.A (NYSE:LFL) has hit a share price of $22.55. The company is trading at a volume of 156,462 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Copa Holdings (NYSE:CPA) is currently trading at a share price of $93, a 1.5% decline. With 168,974 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.4 times its current three-month average.

Mobile Mini (Nasdaq:MINI) has risen 1.3% to hit a current price of $19.43 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 40,385 shares.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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