Norfolk Southern Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (NSC)
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- Net operating cash flow has increased to $589.00 million or 27.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 13.52%.
- 35.30% is the gross profit margin for NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NSC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.38% trails the industry average.
- NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP's earnings per share declined by 8.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP reported lower earnings of $5.37 versus $5.47 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.55 versus $5.37).
- NSC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
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