Dow transports bucks broader stock market weakness, boosted by airlines and truckers

The Dow Jones Transportation Average DJT, +0.36% rallied 0.6% in midday trade, boosted by strength in its airline components, to buck the selloff in the broader stock market. Of the transports tracker’s 20 components, 17 were trading higher, with United Continental Holdings Inc.’s stock UAL, +1.56% pacing the advancers with a 1.8% gain. Among the other biggest gainers, shares of trucker C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. CHRW, +1.77% climbed 1.8%, American Airlines Group Inc. AAL, +1.39% rallied 1.7%, trucker Expeditors International of Washington Inc. EXPD, +1.38% advanced 1.3%, FedEx Corp. FDX, +1.17% tacked on 1.2% and Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL, +0.69% gained 1%. The NYSE Arca Airline Index XAL, +0.63% rose 0.9%. A selloff in crude oil futures CLN19, -2.83% helped lift hopes for lower fuel prices for air carriers. The transports’ climb comes despite a 24-point, or 0.1% drop, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.18% and the Nasdaq Composite’s COMP, -0.38% 0.3% decline.

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