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Can Two Activists Who Turned Around Canadian Pacific Do the Same for CSX?

CSX presents a big opportunity for two activists seeking to turn around the railroad, but there are risks.

Two activists who turned around Canadian Pacific (CP) - Get Canadian Pacific Railway Limited Report  will try to do it again with CSX (CSX) - Get CSX Corporation Report . Activists Hunter Harrison and Paul Hilal are launching a campaign against CSX. The Deal's Lou Whiteman said they hope to improve operating efficiency at the railroad.  

CSX's operating ratio has dropped significantly since 2011.

Whiteman said the odds of victory seem high, assuming the activists launch a proxy campaign at the company.  But he also said there are some risks that could prevent the campaign from going well, such as the intense pricing pressure CSX is facing from rivals.

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