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Day's Range70.02 - 72.35
52 Week Range46.81 - 80.62
Avg. Volume5,908,582
Market Cap54.792B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.23
PE Ratio (TTM)17.24
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Forward Dividend & Yield1.04 (1.46%)
Ex-Dividend DateMay 28, 2020
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  • Rail Pins Hopes On Auto Manufacturing As US Carloads Sustain Record Decline

    Rail Pins Hopes On Auto Manufacturing As US Carloads Sustain Record Decline

    The Class I railroads are closely watching the restart of North American automotive production, hoping that the slow ramp up will not only grow auto volumes but also improve demand for supplies such as steel and plastics, according to executives at recent investor conferences.However, a key unknown variable is whether consumer demand will lift volumes for automobiles and other goods, executives said."Our auto plants reopened this week with very limited production. The sustainability of that production is going to be highly dependent on consumer demand and consumer confidence to go out there and buy automobiles," said Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw during Wolfe Research's virtual conference for investors on Wednesday, May 20.Limited auto production resumed this week among major U.S. automakers, according to various news reports, and production in Mexico is expected to restart on June 1 although the government previously announced it would begin production in mid-May.Shaw added that the slow ramp-up in auto production would also likely result in "puts and takes" for auto suppliers since some supplies, such as steel, are already at the plants. The auto industry's suppliers might not see demand recovery until auto production has been up and running for some time, according to Shaw. While CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) view on the market remains relatively unchanged since its first-quarter earnings call in April, the reopening of the Big Three automakers might help the railroad get some clarity on merchandise volumes for the remainder of the second quarter and into the third quarter, according to Mark Wallace, CSX's executive vice president of sales and marketing. Wallace also noted during the Wolfe conference how products feeding into auto manufacturing, such as plastics and steel, could benefit from the reopening of the auto manufacturing plants. Meanwhile, Wallace's colleague at CSX, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Boone, said last week that CSX was starting to see some "very small car orders" coming through the auto manufacturing plants. But Boone also noted it would be a couple of weeks before any sizable volumes appeared."This will be a slow ramp-up, and they're focused on protecting their workforce as well," Boone said at the Bank of America Securities Transportation and Industrials conference on May 12. But "certainly going zero to something is helpful."Although revenue ton miles for Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) are "at the bottom" for the second quarter, with revenue and volumes ebbing and flowing for the rest of May, the return of automotive production should provide some uplift for the railway, said CP President and CEO Keith Creel at the Wolfe Research conference on May 20."We're experiencing unique growth in the sector given our partners," Creel said, noting that production would restart soon at Toyota, Honda and Chrysler, while shipments are expected to resume at CP's Vancouver automotive compound. Creel also said volumes would be "climbing out" in the third quarter, followed by "flattish" volumes in the fourth quarter and strength in the first quarter of 2021.The standstill in North American automotive production contributed greatly to the decline in rail volumes, with North American traffic for motor vehicles and parts falling 36.4% year-to-date to 335,839 carloads, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The data is for the week ending May 16.On a weekly basis, North American carloads fell 87.9% to 3,467 carloads. North American carloads of motor vehicles and parts tumbled between March and April. (SONAR: RTOMV.USA, RTOMV.CAN, RTOMV.MEX)How the Class I railroads are cutting costsTo counter tumbling rail volumes, the Class I railroads are continuing to apply some of the cost-control measures that they mentioned during their first-quarter earnings calls last month, including cutting their budgets for capital investments to focus on essential projects or maintenance, putting employees on furlough and ceasing operations at smaller rail yards, and storing hundreds of locomotives and railcars until demand improves. Other costs are more variable, such as fuel expenses. Many of the railroads also said they have reserve boards consisting of furloughed employees who can return to work quickly should there be a sudden rebound in volumes. "It gets harder to offset the volume declines as they accelerate," CSX's Boone said. 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Running longer trains not only reduces crew starts but it also involves utilizing fewer assets to move the same amount of carloads, which in turn affects UP's productivity, according to UP's Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hamann."The thing we're very encouraged about is that when we think about that productivity number, it's not just coming from one category," Hamann said May 12 at the Bank of America investor conference.Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) also said it might keep some of the operations changes made as a result of the pandemic, such as reducing train starts and lengthening trains. Both actions "cleansed" the network, enabling velocity to increase because there are fewer trains running on the network, said Sameh Fahmy, KCS executive vice president for precision scheduled railroading, at the May 12 conference."We're not going back to 100 train starts" when everything returns to normal, Fahmy said. 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    CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) Is likely to witness a rebound and strong growth in volume in 2021, while its cost-saving initiatives could limit downside risk, according to UBS.The CSX Analyst Thomas Wadewitz upgraded CSX Corp. from Neutral to Buy and raised the price target from $63 to $80.The CSX Thesis CSX Corp. is likely to gain market share versus trucking in 2021 and achieve stronger volume growth than its rail peers, Wadewitz said in the Wednesday upgrade note. (See his track record here.)The company is resilient and is likely to generate free cash flow of $2.1 billion in 2020 despite the tough backdrop, the analyst said. Wadewitz said he expects the decline in volumes in 2020 versus 2018 to be similar to the 18.6% decline in volumes witnessed in 2009 versus 2007. He further expects a similar rebound in volumes this cycle, with volume growth of 8.8% in 2021.The sharp cyclical decline in volumes gives CSX the opportunity to lower its structural costs, the analyst said."We believe consensus is anticipating a more muted lift in 2021 and our estimate of $4.45/share implies upside vs consensus of $4.14."CSX Price Action Shares of CSX Corp. were trading 5.44% higher at $69.55 at the time of publication Wednesday. Related Links:Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For May 20, 2020Rail Analysts Expect A Tough 6 MonthsLatest Ratings for CSX DateFirmActionFromTo May 2020UBSUpgradesNeutralBuy Apr 2020UBSMaintainsBuy Apr 2020Wells FargoMaintainsEqual-Weight View More Analyst Ratings for CSX View the Latest Analyst Ratings See more from Benzinga * Analyst Shares Thoughts On cbdMD's Q2 Earnings: 'Sustainable Ongoing Operation' * Cantor Upgrades Green Thumb Industries On Fundamentals, Relative Valuation * Square Faces Risk From Struggling Smaller Businesses, BofA Says In Double Downgrade(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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Even better, for the current climate, HSIC finished 2019 with $106.1 million in cash on hand, up nearly $50 million from year before.Goldman Sachs analyst Nathan Rich lays out the case for optimism here: “We think HSIC faces lower earnings risk than peers from the COVID n outbreak and its business may be quicker to recover... HSIC’s Medical segment should benefit from the distribution of COVID tests, which could help to mitigate the impact of lower dental/physician office traffic.” In other words, Henry Schein’s leading position in the healthcare industry during a time of pandemic crisis, place it in a strong position for future growth.Rich’s Buy rating on the stock represents an upgrade from Neutral, and his $59 price target implies room for 13% growth in the coming 12 months. (To watch Rich’s track record, click here)Wall Street tends to agree with the analyst's confidence on the healthcare player, considering TipRanks analytics reveal HSIC as a Strong Buy. Out of 4 analysts tracked in the last 3 months, 3 are bullish on Henry Schein stock while 1 remains sidelined. With a return potential of nearly 25%, the stock's consensus target price stands at $65. (See Henry Schein stock analysis onTipRanks.)Xylem, Inc. (XYL)Not all stocks are so well positioned for gains, even if they inhabit essential industries. Xylem is a player in the water and wastewater niche, providing services that address the full water cycle, from collection to distribution to its return to the environment. Xylem’s products include pumps, valves, heat exchangers, dispensing equipment, and treatment and testing equipment.Water is essential to life, and reputable performers in the water industry can usually build a solid niche. Xylem finished 2019 with $5.25 billion in revenues, net income of $401 million, and a strong balance sheet including $1.7 billion on hand in liquid assets and available credit.But in a flashing warning sign for investors, Xylem on March 31 withdrew its 2020 guidance, citing the impact of COVID-19. The company has previously indicated a 1% to 2% revenue loss in Q1 when the virus first began to spread – but as it became an epidemic, and then spread worldwide, Xylem saw the impact on business and supply chains as more disruptive. Revising guidance would make sense in that environment – but Xylem simply withdrew its forecast without replacing it, leaving investors up in the air.Brian Lee, in his coverage of the stock for Goldman Sachs, sees a possible reason for the company’s guidance move – a reason that also prompts him to downgrade this stock from Neutral to Sell. He writes, “Based on our sensitivity analysis framework across our water coverage, we see greater downside risk to XYL’s fundamentals in light of the COVID-19 headwinds, largely given the company’s limited recurring revenue exposure… [this] leaves the company more exposed to the potential downturn in new demand…”Lee’s Sell rating is accompanied by a lower price target of $56, indicating his view that the stock will slip by 16% this year. (To watch Lee’s track record, click here)All in all, Xylem’s Hold rating from the analyst consensus is based on 11 recent reviews, including a single Buy, 8 Holds, and 2 Sells. Wall Street is not sanguine about this stock. Shares are trading at $66.68, while the $68.22 average price target suggests an upside potential of merely 2%. (See Xylem stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.

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    The city of St. Pete is preparing to negotiate an offer with CSX Transportation for a segment of rail to turn it into a bike trail. On April 16, the city council, via a virtual meeting, is scheduled to hear an updated report on the current status and what negotiations would entail on acquiring a segment of a CSX (NASDAQ: CSX) rail line. The property sought extends from the intersection of 1st Avenue South and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to Interstate 375 just west of 16th Street N. The undisclosed offer amount is based on appraisal of interests owned by CSX, but city documents read that there are budgeted transportation funds available.

  • Union Pacific, CSX Warn Of Coronavirus' Potential Impacts On Financial Returns

    Union Pacific, CSX Warn Of Coronavirus' Potential Impacts On Financial Returns

    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) said the coronavirus pandemic is creating huge uncertainties that could translate into "material" financial impacts on the companies' financial results, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Union Pacific's financial outlook for 2020, which the company gave earlier this year, doesn't include the potential impact of COVID-19, according to UP's March 31 filing to the SEC. Union Pacific  will disclose its first quarter 2020 financial results on April 23."The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company's 2020 financial and operating results, which may be material, is highly uncertain and depends on numerous factors including but not limited to the impact of federal, state and local government regulations; the effect of the pandemic's economic impact on demand for the company's services; and potential disruption to global supply chains," Union Pacific said in its filing. Union Pacific had said during its fourth-quarter 2019 earnings call in January that it was striving to reach an operating ratio below 60% in 2020. Operating ratio (OR), which is calculated by dividing operating expenses by revenue, can be a measure of a company's financial health, with a lower OR implying improving profitability. The railroad serves the U.S. West Coast ports, which were hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak that started in China earlier this year amid an increase in canceled sailings. While Chinese manufacturing has started to return to normal, according to reports, canceled sailings could occur again because of the pandemic's impact on North American demand.Eastern U.S. rail carrier CSX also told the SEC that the coronavirus pandemic could affect CSX's financial results, although the magnitude of the impact is hard to predict."The ultimate magnitude of COVID-19, including the extent of its impact on the company's financial and operating results, which could be material, will be determined by the length of time that the pandemic continues, its effect on the demand for the company's transportation services and the supply chain, as well as the effect of governmental regulations imposed in response to the pandemic," CSX said in a March 26 filing to the SEC. CSX said it was providing an update on CSX's response to the pandemic in connection with a previously announced registered offering of senior notes."Public and private sector policies and initiatives to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as the imposition of travel restrictions, the promotion of social distancing and the adoption of work-from-home and online learning by companies and institutions, could adversely affect demand for the commodities and products that the company transports, including import and export volume," CSX said. "In addition, COVID-19 and the related initiatives may result in supply chain disruption, which could have an adverse impact on volumes and make it more difficult for the company to serve its customers." CSX continued, "The extent to which the coronavirus impacts our operations will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration of the outbreak, new information, which may emerge concerning the severity of the coronavirus and the actions to contain the coronavirus or treat its impact, among others. Moreover, our operations could be negatively affected if employees are quarantined as the result of exposure to a contagious illness."CSX also said its initial financial outlook for 2020 given in January doesn't reflect the potential impacts of the coronavirus. The company had said in January that it expected 2020 revenue to be flat to 2% lower from 2019. CSX will announce its first-quarter 2020 results on April 22.Photo: Flickr/Chu Shau-LuenSee more from Benzinga * Maritime History Notes: America's Hospital Ships * Commentary: April Fools! Who's The Loser In Phase One? * CMA CGM Marco Polo Crew Member Tested For COVID-19(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.