All the major equity indices are trading to the downside ahead of tomorrow’s much-anticipated December payrolls report, with the exception of the Dow Transports:

Index

Last

Change

% Chg

Dow Jones Industrial Average

16450.07

-12.67

-0.08%

S&P 500

1836.36

-1.13

-0.06%

NASDAQ Composite Index

4153.34

-12.27

-0.29%

DJ 20 Transportation Average

7363.45

53.32

0.73%

S&P Mid Cap 400

1335.01

-3.50

-0.26%

S&P Small Cap 600

656.04

-1.93

-0.29%

Russell 2000

1155.53

-1.93

-0.17%

Russell 1000

1024.32

-0.67

-0.07%

Russell 3000

1101.68

-0.83

-0.07%

Four of the top five stocks today in the transports are airlines: UAL is leading the pack, surging more than 7% on very upbeat preliminary 4Q results. Deutsche Bank was also out with some bullish comments on the group. Trucker (CNW) and railroads (CSX), (NSC) and (UNP) are also bucking the market’s downward trend:

Ticker

Security

Last

Change

%Chg

(UAL) United Continental Holdings, Inc.

43.99

2.97

7.24%

(DAL) Delta Air Lines, Inc.

30.96

1.16

3.89%

(CNW) Con-way Inc.

40.14

1.14

2.92%

(LUV) Southwest Airlines Co.

20.64

0.46

2.28%

(ALK) Alaska Air Group, Inc.

77.11

1.31

1.73%

(CSX) CSX Corporation

28.56

0.33

1.17%

(NSC) Norfolk Southern Corporation

90.95

1.04

1.16%

(UNP) Union Pacific Corporation

168.33

1.40

0.84%

(LSTR) Landstar System, Inc.

57.74

0.29

0.50%

(FDX) FedEx Corporation

141.02

0.65

0.46%

(CHRW) C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

56.48

0.21

0.37%

(UPS) United Parcel Service, Inc. Class B

101.95

-0.05

-0.05%

(JBHT) J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

77.04

-0.11

-0.14%

(EXPD) Expeditors International of Washington

42.83

-0.16

-0.37%

(GMT) GATX Corporation

51.03

-0.23

-0.45%

(KEX) Kirby Corporation

96.54

-0.49

-0.50%

(KSU) Kansas City Southern

116.08

-1.01

-0.86%

(R) Ryder System, Inc.

71.89

-0.69

-0.95%

(MATX) Matson, Inc.

25.80

-0.26

-1.00%

(JBLU) JetBlue Airways Corporation

8.80

-0.20

-2.22%