NSC stock: buy or sell?

NSC stock price: $190.93 1.61% At close on December 6th, 2019

Updated on:
December 6th, 2019


Shares of Norfolk Souther appreciated a beatiful 1.61% and closed at $190.93. With December 6th, it's been 3 green sessions in a row, gaining $4.72 or 2.48%.

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?

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Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MAYes
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Norfolk Souther stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we detected 15 ratings published for NSC stock in the last month.

Is NSC a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-5Bank of American/aBuy
2019-9-17UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-7-8Morgan Stanleyn/aSell
2019-7-25TD Securitiesn/aBuy
2019-7-17Cascend SecuritiesBuyHold
2019-7-10Goldman Sachs Groupn/aConviction-Buy
2019-6-12Deutsche Bankn/aHold
2019-4-29Morgan StanleyUnderweightUnderweight
2019-4-25BarclaysEqual WeightEqual Weight
2019-4-1Bank of AmericaNeutralBuy
2019-2-19Royal Bank of CanadaSector PerformUnderperform
2019-2-12UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-2-12TD Securitiesn/aBuy

NSC stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Norfolk Souther appreciated a beatiful 1.61% and closed at $190.93.

Norfolk Souther shares appreciated 1.61% to $190.93 on December 6th. In the last 4 days when NSC stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $4.72 (2.53%).

NSC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Norfolk Souther shares depreciated -1.33% this week, ending at $190.93.

Since late October when NSC stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $9.94 (5.49%). Far behind is the all-time high Norfolk Souther recorded late April but price is just -8.39% below that top.

NSC stock chart (weekly)

NSC stock price history

NSC stock went public on June 2nd, 1982 with a price of $0.711. Since then, NSC stock grew a 26,791.50%, with a yearly average of 724.10%. If you had invested right after NSC's IPO a $1,000 in NSC stock in 1982, it would worth $267,915.00 today.

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

NSC stock historical price chart

NSC stock reached all-time highs on April with a price of $208.42.

NSC stock price target is $196.10

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. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we found 11 price predictions for Norfolk Souther stock:
NSC stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-5Bank of AmericaReiterates$212.00$215.001.4%
2019-9-17UBS GroupLowers Target$230.00$216.00-6.1%
2019-7-8Morgan StanleySet Price Targetn/a$130.00-
2019-7-25TD SecuritiesLowers Target$225.00$220.00-2.2%
2019-6-12Deutsche BankLowers Target$198.00$196.00-1%
2019-4-8ArgusRaises Targetn/a$210.00-
2019-4-4CitigroupRaises Target$200.00$225.0012.5%
2019-4-29Morgan StanleyRaises Target$133.00$138.003.8%
2019-4-25BarclaysRaises Target$200.00$210.005%
2019-2-12UBS GroupReiterates$190.00$202.006.3%
2019-2-12TD SecuritiesRaises Target$185.00$195.005.4%
(in average)$197.00$196.100.0%
Moving in a range from $225.00 and $130.00, the price target for Norfolk Souther stock is $196.10. In average, analysts' outlook on NSC price forecast is stable from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After posting its last earnings report on April, Norfolk Souther . As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
NSC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a more than good increase of 8.60% to $11,458.00 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in contrary, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) collapsed a -27.95% to 23.27%.

Norfolk Souther presents anual results in December, and to evaluate 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 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Norfolk Souther business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a tiny 1.07%. Similarly, profit margin (net income/sales) stayed stable at 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 posted $2,840.00 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a -1.93% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $677.00 M with a profit margin of 23.84%. Profit margin remained steady a -0.40% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 24.24%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Norfolk Souther sales marked a nice gain and inched 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 worth to overview its ownership structure.

Norfolk Souther shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.17% of all shares.

In case of Norfolk Souther stock, 75.91% 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$50.3 B$64.2 B$33.7 B$55.4 B$6.3 B
Total shares263.4 M715.3 M137.2 M777.6 M57.0 M
Float shares260.4 M611.4 M126.4 M781.2 M55.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)75.9%0.0%75.4%78.7%98.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%3.0%0.0%0.2%1.9%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

NSC summary

Friday, December 6th, 2019
Day range$189.51 - $192.25
Previous close$187.90
Session gain1.61%
Average true range$3.29
50d mov avg$185.34
100d mov avg$182.15
200d mov avg$186.96
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern

Norfolk Souther performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. We compared Norfolk Souther against Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX, Genesee & Wyoming, and Union Pacific in the following table:
NSCNorfolk Souther9.62%-5.01%24.03%
CNICanadian National...-2.77%-0.51%16.31%
CPCanadian Pacific ...1.93%5.18%31.05%
CSX 5.91%-8.06%6.20%
GWRGenesee & Wyoming0.31%13.99%41.61%
UNPUnion Pacific5.07%1.18%19.25%

Norfolk Souther competitors

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