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

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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 down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation fell $1.47 (-1.9%) to $76.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,990,305 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,984,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.46-$77.88 after having opened the day at $77.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.98. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 11.9%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 4.7%, Roadrunner Transportation Systems ( RRTS), down 4.2% and Marten Transport ( MRTN), down 4.0%.
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Norfolk Southern Corporation engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 5.3%, Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), down 3.3%, Air Methods ( AIRM), down 2.6% and International Shipholding Corporation ( ISH), down 2.2% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Copa Holdings ( CPA) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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