NSC stock: buy or sell?
December 6th, 2019
Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods.
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|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||Yes|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
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.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-9-5||Bank of America||n/a||Buy|
|2019-7-10||Goldman Sachs Group||n/a||Conviction-Buy|
|2019-4-25||Barclays||Equal Weight||Equal Weight|
|2019-4-1||Bank of America||Neutral||Buy|
|2019-2-19||Royal Bank of Canada||Sector Perform||Underperform|
NSC stock analysis
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%).
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 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 $196.10Nobody 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:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-9-5||Bank of America||Reiterates||$212.00||$215.00||1.4%|
|2019-9-17||UBS Group||Lowers Target||$230.00||$216.00||-6.1%|
|2019-7-8||Morgan Stanley||Set Price Target||n/a||$130.00||-|
|2019-7-25||TD Securities||Lowers Target||$225.00||$220.00||-2.2%|
|2019-6-12||Deutsche Bank||Lowers Target||$198.00||$196.00||-1%|
|2019-4-29||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$133.00||$138.00||3.8%|
|2019-2-12||TD Securities||Raises Target||$185.00||$195.00||5.4%|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAfter 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.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared 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%.
|2013||$11,250 M||-||$1,900 M16.9%||-|
|2014||$11,624 M||3.32%||$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 M||6.71%||$5,404 M51.2%||223.98%|
|2018||$11,458 M||8.60%||$2,666 M23.3%||-50.67%|
|TTM||$11,581 M||1.07%||$2,791 M24.1%||4.69%|
Quarterly financial resultsNorfolk 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.
|2017-Q2||$2,640 M||-||$496 M18.8%||-|
|2017-Q3||$2,670 M||1.14%||$505 M18.9%||1.81%|
|2017-Q4||$2,669 M||-0.04%||$3,968 M148.7%||685.74%|
|2018-Q1||$2,717 M||1.80%||$552 M20.3%||-86.09%|
|2018-Q2||$2,898 M||6.66%||$710 M24.5%||28.62%|
|2018-Q3||$2,947 M||1.69%||$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 ownershipWhen 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 shares||263.4 M||715.3 M||137.2 M||777.6 M||57.0 M|
|Float shares||260.4 M||611.4 M||126.4 M||781.2 M||55.6 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 selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Friday, December 6th, 2019|
|Day range||$189.51 - $192.25|
|Average true range||$3.29|
|50d mov avg||$185.34|
|100d mov avg||$182.15|
|200d mov avg||$186.96|
Norfolk Souther performanceTo 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:
|CPCanadian Pacific ...||1.93%||5.18%||31.05%|
|GWRGenesee & Wyoming||0.31%||13.99%||41.61%|
Norfolk Souther competitorsWe picked a few stocks to conform a list of Norfolk Souther competitors to examine if you are interested in investing in NSC:
- Canadian National Railway (CNI)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- CSX (CSX)
- Genesee & Wyoming (GWR)
- Union Pacific (UNP)
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