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Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation fell 68 cents (-1.2%) to $56.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.05-$57.11 after having opened the day at $57.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.02. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 11.5%, Swift Transportation ( SWFT), down 4.4%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 4.1%, and Baltic Trading ( BALT), down 4%.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $18.18 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Global Ship Lease ( GSL), up 12.3%, International Shipholding Corporation ( ISH), up 9.6%, DS Torm ( TRMD), up 7.7%, and Tsakos Energy Navigation ( TNP), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the transportation industry with Southwest Airlines ( LUV) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation ( IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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