NSC stock: buy or sell?

NSC stock price: $194.85 -4.01% At close on February 25th, 2020

Updated on:
February 25th, 2020


Shares of Norfolk Souther plunged a chilling -4.01% and closed at $194.85. Tuesday was the 3rd red session in a row, sliding in full a -7.63%.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods.

Should I buy NSC stock?

You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. That's why is so important to define your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Norfolk Souther stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Norfolk Souther stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for NSC stock for the last month.

NSC stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Norfolk Souther closed today at $194.85 and plunged a chilling -4.01%.

Norfolk Souther shares plunged -4.01% to $194.85 today. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on February/5, NSC price slid a -7.63%. On December NSC price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On January/29, NSC hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on January/24 tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

NSC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Norfolk Souther closed this week at $194.85 and plummed a spooky -6.34%. For 3 weeks in a row, price slid and lost a -7.40%. By mid January NSC rocketed an outstanding 5.62% in just one week.

Norfolk Souther stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last all-time high Norfolk Souther marked late January. Since late January when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, NSC price slipped $-12.10 per share (-5.85%). Since late October 2019 when NSC stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $14.66 (8.14%).

NSC stock chart (weekly)

NSC stock price history

NSC IPO was on June 2nd, 1982 at $0.71 per share1. Since then, NSC stock surged a 27,343.70%, with an average of 739.00% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in NSC stock in 1982, it would worth $273,437.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

NSC stock historical price chart

NSC stock reached all-time highs on January 29th with a price of $218.91.

NSC stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not found any price forecast for Norfolk Souther stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on April, Norfolk Souther . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
NSC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Norfolk Souther annual revenues jumped a remarkable 8.60% to $11,458.00 M dollars from $10,551.00 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, by contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) plunged a -27.95% to 23.27%.

Norfolk Souther presents anual results in December, and to compare its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Norfolk Souther TTM sales up to March 2019 were $11,581.00 and income $2,791.00 M dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Norfolk Souther business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a slightly fine 1.07%. Regarding profit margin, Norfolk Souther remained stable 0.83% to 23.27%

NSC annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$11,250 M-$1,900 M16.9%-
2014$11,624 M3.32%$2,000 M17.2%5.26%
2015$10,511 M-9.58%$1,556 M14.8%-22.20%
2016$9,888 M-5.93%$1,668 M16.9%7.20%
2017$10,551 M6.71%$5,404 M51.2%223.98%
2018$11,458 M8.60%$2,666 M23.3%-50.67%
TTM $11,581 M1.07%$2,791 M24.1%4.69%

Quarterly financial results

Norfolk Souther reported $2,840.00 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -1.93% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $677.00 M with a profit margin of 23.84%. Profit margin stayed constant a -0.40% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 24.24%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Norfolk Souther sales marked a beatiful gain and raised a 4.53%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Norfolk Souther posted 2 positive quarters in a row.
NSC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$2,640 M-$496 M18.8%-
2017-Q3$2,670 M1.14%$505 M18.9%1.81%
2017-Q4$2,669 M-0.04%$3,968 M148.7%685.74%
2018-Q1$2,717 M1.80%$552 M20.3%-86.09%
2018-Q2$2,898 M6.66%$710 M24.5%28.62%
2018-Q3$2,947 M1.69%$702 M23.8%-1.13%
2018-Q4$2,896 M-1.73%$702 M24.2%0.00%
2019-Q1$2,840 M-1.93%$677 M23.8%-3.56%

Norfolk Souther ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a stock, it's always worth to review its ownership structure.

Norfolk Souther shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.12% of all shares.

In case of Norfolk Souther stock, 75.93% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for NSC stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$50.2 B
Total shares257.8 M
Float shares257.4 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)75.9%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%

NSC summary

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Day range$193.94 - $203.83
Previous close$203.00
Session gain-4.01%
Average true range$3.99
50d mov avg$201.65
100d mov avg$193.44
200d mov avg$190.00
Daily patternlt11c
Weekly pattern lt06a

Norfolk Souther performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Norfolk Souther performance to :
NSCNorfolk Souther1.14%13.02%11.01%

Norfolk Souther competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Norfolk Souther competitor. This doesn't mean Norfolk Souther does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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