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

Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation rose 49 cents (0.7%) to $71.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 767,030 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.32-$71.97 after having opened the day at $71.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.42. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 15.6%, Alexander & Baldwin Holdings ( ALEX), up 8.7%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 5.7%, and Frontline ( FRO), up 5.7%.

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 $23.38 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 6.9%, Echo Global Logistics ( ECHO), down 5.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 3%, and Allegiant Travel Company ( ALGT), down 2.7%, were all losers within the transportation industry with Delta Air Lines ( DAL) being today's transportation industry loser.

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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