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

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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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation rose 82 cents (1.3%) to $64.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.78-$64.84 after having opened the day at $64.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.63. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 9.6%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 8.1%, Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), up 4%, and Seacor Holdings ( CKH), up 3.9%.
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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 $20.51 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity 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.

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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