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(CSX - Get Report)
owns one of the largest rail networks in the U.S. It has been rated a buy since July 2005. The buy rating is based on the company's improving margins and shareholder returns, low debt levels and solid product pricing. Its revenue increased by 4.5% in the second quarter over the year-earlier period, and it has repurchased common stock worth $548 million as part of its $3 billion share repurchase plan. CSX also announced a 25% increase in its quarterly
. The company's strengths outweigh its subpar net income growth.