Union Pacific and More Big Movers in Transportation on November 23, 2012

By Investopedia Staff | November 23, 2012 AAA

On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq has increased 1.3%, the S&P 500 has risen 1% and the Dow is trading up 1%. 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.

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd (NYSE:CEA) $3.82 billion +2.7%
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC) $2.88 billion -2.7%
Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) $1.24 billion -1.9%
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) $56.47 billion +1.3%
Kansas City (NYSE:KSU) $8.4 billion +1.3%
Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) $3.32 billion +1.2%
CH Robinson (Nasdaq:CHRW) $9.71 billion +1.1%

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China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd (NYSE:CEA) has risen 2.7% and is currently trading at $17.43 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 1,690 shares, 0.1 times its current three-month average.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC) is trading at $49.91 per share, down 2.7%. So far today, 15,237 shares have changed hands.

Falling 1.9%, Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) is currently at a share price of $8.69. At 290,413 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the average daily volume.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) is up 1.3% to reach a current price of $121.61 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 450,028 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 1.1 million shares.

Kansas City (NYSE:KSU) has increased to a share price of $77.30, a 1.3% rise. At 252,619 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the current three-month average.

Increasing 1.2%, Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) is trading at $71.75 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 52,578 shares.

CH Robinson (Nasdaq:CHRW) is at $60.91 per share after an increase of 1.1%. At 206,524 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the current daily average.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. 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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