The transportation company reported on April 17 first-quarter earnings of $449 million, or 43 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $395 million, or 35 cents a share."CFO Fred Eliasson reiterated that CSX expects record EBIT and net earnings for full year 2012 (we target $1.78 vs. 2011's $1.66), but was non-committal for 2Q12 (we target $0.48 vs. 2Q11's $0.44)," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a May 20 report. "Its 1Q12 volumes are up 1% quarter-to-date, posting slightly faster than our 0.6% growth target, though five of its past seven weeks have posted declines in the low single digit range, with seven weeks left in the quarter. It noted that 2Q remained its most challenging quarter in 2012, but that strength in non-coal segments, such as Intermodal, would help round out a strong 2012." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.7%
Corning The company reported on April 25 first-quarter earnings of $462 million, or 30 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $748 million, or 47 cents a share. "Average panel prices for LCD TVs remained flat in 2H May versus the $1.20 or 0.6% increase seen in 1H of the month," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a report Monday. "While flat pricing is better than price declines, 2H May is seeing a slowdown in TV panel prices (which had been increasing since 1H April). In LCD monitor panels, the 20" W size saw an average price increase of $1. Overall for monitors, average price increased $0.20 or 0.3%. Prices for notebook panels and tablet panels remained flat." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.4%
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