A Sound Trucking Play

Royce & Associates just made a big purchase of Marten Transport (MRTN), according to a recent SEC filing -- 1.1 million shares, putting its stake in the trucking company at 5.1% of total shares outstanding. Royce focuses on investments in small-cap and mid-cap companies. The company has $420 in market capitalization, and it has about $1 million in daily trading volume, so investors should be able to take at least small positions and not have too many concerns about liquidity.

Marten's stock has climbed 52% in the last five years, though it is about flat from year-earlier levels. The company specifically focuses on time- or temperature-sensitive transportation, which can be a useful value-add in the case of some foods or chemicals. The company's third-quarter revenue rose 5% vs. the prior year, though earnings climbed only 3% amid higher costs, notably in salaries, wages and employee benefits....373 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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