NSC stock: buy or sell?

NSC stock price: $174.37 0.79% At close on August 19th, 2019

Updated on:
August 19th, 2019


Norfolk Souther grew a slightly good 0.79% and closed at $174.37.

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?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Norfolk Souther stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean NSC will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

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 gathered 15 ratings published for NSC stock in the last month.

Is NSC a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
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
2019-2-12Morgan StanleyUnderweightUnderweight
2019-2-12JPMorgan Chase & Co.OverweightPositive

NSC stock analysis

Daily outlook

Norfolk Souther shares grew 0.79% to $174.37 today.

Shares of Norfolk Souther closed today at $174.37 and grew a slightly good 0.79%. For the last 10 days when NSC stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-6.14 per share (-3.40%). On April, NSC hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on April tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

NSC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding for 4 weeks, this week Norfolk Souther grew a slightly fine 0.79%, closing at $174.37. After 4 weeks sliding, this week raised a 0.77%. By mid July NSC plummed a hair-raising -5.49% in just one week.

Since early August, when NSC stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-7.65 per share (-4.20%). Trading stocks that are under the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average line is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support. Far behind is the all-time high Norfolk Souther hit late April and since then the price is -16.76% below that top. Since early April when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, NSC price slipped $-16.03 per share (-8.42%).

NSC stock chart (weekly)

NSC stock price history

NSC IPO was on June 2nd, 1982 at $0.72 per share1. Since then, NSC stock surged a 24,118.10%, with an average of 651.80% per year. If you had invested right after NSC's IPO a $1,000 in NSC stock in 1982, it would worth $241,181.00 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 $209.49.

NSC stock price target is $188.50

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We detected 11 price predictions for NSC stock published in the last 30 days:
NSC stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
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%
2019-2-12Morgan StanleyRaises Target$116.00$133.0014.7%
2019-2-12JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Targetn/a$214.00-
(in average)$180.90$188.504.0%
The price target for Norfolk Souther stock is $188.50, moving in a range between $225.00 and $130.00. In average, analysts' outlook on NSC price target is positive, improving the forecast by a 4.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on April, Norfolk Souther eased a terrible -12.72%. As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will update this review.
NSC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a great growth of 8.60% to $11,458.00 M USD. However, its profit margin (compared to revenues) plunged to 23.27%, that is $2,666.00 million.

Norfolk Souther fiscal year ends 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 earnings $2,791.00 million USD. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Norfolk Souther business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, gained a slightly fine 1.07%. In the same way, 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 M in sales 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 turnover to same quarter last year, Norfolk Souther sales marked a nice gain and stepped up 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 company, it's always worth to review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Norfolk Souther, 0.17% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Norfolk Souther:

Market cap$46.4 B$67.3 B$34.8 B$52.7 B$6.2 B
Total shares266.0 M727.3 M144.9 M809.2 M56.5 M
Float shares262.9 M616.5 M128.7 M796.9 M55.5 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

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Day range$173.91 - $177.63
Previous close$173.00
Session gain0.79%
Average true range$4.55
50d mov avg$190.64
100d mov avg$194.00
200d mov avg$179.84
Daily patternlt03c
Weekly pattern

Norfolk Souther performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We selected Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX, Genesee & Wyoming, and Union Pacific as the bechmarking frame for Norfolk Souther stock.
NSCNorfolk Souther-12.05%-3.98%1.66%
CNICanadian National...-0.91%11.30%6.27%
CPCanadian Pacific ...7.97%16.37%19.42%
CSX -16.71%-9.69%-10.55%
GWRGenesee & Wyoming28.81%33.06%25.65%
UNPUnion Pacific-1.52%0.22%14.73%

Norfolk Souther competitors

One check before trading any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for Norfolk Souther. We picked 6 companies as Norfolk Souther competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.

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