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Railroad Stocks Calm in Face of Strike

"During the busiest shipping and travel period of the year, a nationwide disruption of rail service would deal a crushing blow to our nation's economy, potentially costing our country $2 billion a day," A. Kenneth Gradia, the railroads' bargaining representative, said in a statement.

Although there's still a possibility of some 52,800 union employees striking, the market appears to be confident that a deal will be reached.

The remaining Class I public stocks were relatively flat on Thursday: CSX (CSX - Get Report) closed at $21.73, up 2 cents, or 0.1%; Union Pacific (UNP - Get Report) was at $102.93, down 48 cents, or 0.5%; Canadian National (CNI) slid to $77.27, down 29 cents, or 0.4%; Canadian Pacific (CP) finished at $60.29, up 11 cents, or 0.2%.

"The stocks are telling you that nothing's going to happen," a rail analyst said.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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