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Norfolk Southern (NSC) Earnings Report Preview For Tuesday's Release

Background: Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. The company was founded in 1883 and is based in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Southern trades an average of 2.2 million shares per day with a marketcap of $21 billion.

Norfolk Southern is scheduled to release last fiscal quarter's results after the closing bell on October 23, 2012

The consensus estimate is currently $1.23 a share, backsliding 36 cents (22.6%) from $1.59 during the matching period in the previous year. Analysts' estimates this quarter range from $1.20, to a high of $1.25 per share.

Shareholders receive $2 annually in dividend payments. The yield based on a recent price is 3%. The payout percentage of earnings is 31%.

Analysts approve the direction Norfolk Southern is headed. 15 of the 29 analysts covering the company give a buy recommendation. 13 analysts rate it a hold, and 1 rate it as a sell.

 

7 out of 29 analysts now rate Norfolk Southern a strong buy down from 8 analysts a month ago. Investors haven't made progress this year. Shares in the company have fallen 2% from a year ago. The average analyst target price for Norfolk Southern is $78.22.

 

  (NSC) (CNI) (CSX) (UNP)
Strong Buy 7 1 9 9
Moderate Buy Buy 8 2 11 13
Hold 13 20 8 7
Moderate Sell Ratings 1 1 1 0
Strong Sell Ratings 0 2 0 0
Avg Analyst Price Target $78.22 $88.94 $25.23 $138.26
Operating Margin 17.24 24.61 15.78 18.17
Ouick Ratio 0.93 0.74 0.82 0.85
Revenue 11.18 billion 9.93 billion 11.80 billion 21.11 billion
Est Low EPS 1.20 1.48 0.37 2.09
Est High EPS 1.25 1.63 0.45 2.34
1 Year Stock Price Change -7.00% 17.75% -3.48% 27.06%

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