Kirby added to FBR Top Picks list

Kirby Corp. (KEX -1.1%) is added to the Top Picks list at FBR Capital, which notes KEX's core marine transportation unit continues to exhibit solid growth, driven by the transport of petrochemicals, black oil and refined products, and the firm expects demand for these volumes to only accelerate over the next three years.

FBR thinks fundamentals driving KEX's diesel engine services unit bottomed in 2013, and it expects the segment to be a major contributor to earnings growth in 2014 and beyond.

While expecting steady, consistent growth in the marine business, the firm says it "would not be surprised" to see growth juiced by M&A activity in the near term, particularly in the coastal barge market.

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