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Best Performing Transportation Stocks of 2020

Updated Feb 14, 2020
Mass movemement of goods and products is an integral part of modern day economy. Despite all the advancements in the online world where soft versions of documents and content is securely and seamlessly transferred online, the real, physical and tangible goods need real-world transportation. Operating through the standard modes of railways, roadways and sea routes, the transportation indusdustry is involved in moving goods and people from one place to the other.
A large number of transportation companies have their stocks listed on the major stock exchanges of America. Investors who are hopeful of positive returns from such stocks can take a shot by making investments through the stocks of these companies.
Among the various Transportation companies whose stocks are listed on stock exchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Transportation stocks?
This article provides a list of Transportation stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2020 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Transportation stocks between the end of the previous year and Feb 14, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Transportation stocks are listed below.
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Top Transportation Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Transportation sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (VLRS) 2) Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (ODFL) 3) JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) 4) CryoPort, Inc. (CYRX) 5) Kansas City Southern (KSU)
 6) Era Group, Inc. (ERA) 7) CSX Corp. (CSX) 8) Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V. (PAC) 9) Avianca Holdings S.A. (AVH) 10) Knight Transportation, Inc. (KNX)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 97 Transportation stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Transportation ETFs.

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Performance of Top Transportation Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Controladora Vuela

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB de CV (Volaris Aviation Holding Company) is a Mexico-based company principally engaged in the airline passenger transportation industry. The Company is a law-cost carrier ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Mexico-based Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (VLRS) belongs to the Transportation sector and is categorized as a Air Freight Delivery Services company. The stock of Controladora Vuela ended the previous year at a price of $10.42 per share. As of Feb 14, 2020, the stock price has reached $13.34 apiece, which indicates a change of 28.02 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Transportation for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $1.04 billion. It has now changed to $1.33 billion as of writing.

Old Dominion Freight Line

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., incorporated on March 22, 1999, is a union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Companys LTL services include ground and ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (ODFL) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in North Carolina, NC, the Transportation sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Trucking Freight Courier Services. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Old Dominion Freight Line has so far gained 16.93 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $189.78 per share and year-to-date price of $221.91 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $15.15 billion to $17.94 billion. The stock of Old Dominion Freight Line continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways Corporation, incorporated on August 24, 1998, is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2020, JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) was successful in generating YTD returns of 13.62 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the New York, NY-based JetBlue Airways closed at a price of $18.72 per share, while it traded at a price of $21.27 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $5.28 billion to $5.99 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Transportation industry sector and further specialized as a Air Freight Delivery Services sector business.

CryoPort

Cryoport, Inc. (Cryoport), incorporated on May 25, 1990, is a provider of cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through its purpose-built packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $609.28 million to $685.71 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $16.46 per share to a price of $18.67 per share as of Feb 14, 2020, CryoPort, Inc. (CYRX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 13.43 percentage. Standing at the number four rank in the top performing list of Transportation stocks, the California, CA-based CryoPort is categorized as the Oil Refining and Marketing sub-sector business which falls under the larger Transportation sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. The company serves a ten-state region in the midwest and southeast regi ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Kansas City, MO-headquartered company Kansas City Southern (KSU) is ranked number five among the best performing stocks of Transportation of 2020. The Transportation sector business falls under the Railroads industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Kansas City Southern has changed by 13.37 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $153.16 per share and year-to-date closing price of $173.64 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $15.18 billion to $16.7 billion during the same period. Along with Transportation, the company is also in the business of Railroads, Industrials, ESG, among other usual products and services. Kansas City Southern continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Era

Era Group Inc., incorporated on April 29, 1999, is engaged in operating helicopters. The Companys helicopters transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Era Group, Inc. (ERA) has moved by 10.03 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $10.17 apiece to the price of $11.19 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Feb 14, 2020. The smart run of the Texas, TX-based Transportation Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $216.51 million to $258.42 million over the same duration. Era is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

CSX

CSX Corporation, incorporated on November 15, 1978, is a transportation company. The Company provides rail-based freight transportation services, including traditional rail service and transport of intermodal containers and trailers, as ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands CSX Corp. (CSX), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $72.36 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $79.59 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. It translates to a change of 9.99 percentage. The Jacksonville, Florida-headquartered Transportation sector company also saw its market value change from $56.27 billion to $61.59 billion. The Railroads specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V., incorporated on June 25, 1998, is a holding company. The Company holds concessions to operate, maintain and develop approximately 10 international airports in ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico (PAC) generated percentage returns of 9.91 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $118.61 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $130.36 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.73 billion to $7.23 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Transportation speciality business with further classification in the Aerospace sub-category. Based in Mexico, the YTD performance of the Transportation sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.

Avianca

Avianca Holdings SA is a Panama-based company engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the provision of air transportation services for passengers and commercial purposes. The Company was originally established as a ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Transportation sector is taken by Avianca Holdings S.A. (AVH). The company's stock price changed from $4.46 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $4.9 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 9.87 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Panama City, Panama-based Transportation sector company was from $552.9 million to $610.65 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Transportation sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.

Knight Transportation

Knight Transportation, Inc., incorporated on August 31, 1989, is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services, which involve the movement of trailer or container loads of freight from ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Arizona, AZ-based Transportation sector company Knight Transportation, Inc. (KNX) holds the ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Transportation sector. Classified as the Trucking Freight Courier Services business, the stock price of Knight Transportation ended the previous year at a price of $35.84 per share while it reached the level of $39.06 apiece as of Feb 14, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 8.98%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $6.67 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Knight Transportation in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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