|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||159.63 x 1100|
|Day's Range||155.01 - 158.80|
|52 Week Range||121.22 - 165.63|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.06|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.41|
|Earnings Date||Jan 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.20 (2.07%)|
|1y Target Est||166.62|
Workday stock and Dollar General stock lead top stocks to watch with handle buy points. Amazon stock launched a big run after a handle breakout in 2016.
CNBC's Jim Cramer looks ahead at a busy week of earnings reports that he says might drive investors crazy. Johnson & Johnson, Comcast and Starbucks will be among the companies issuing quarterly results. "I can't recall a time when the forecast will be more important, certainly much more important than the results," Cramer, host of "Mad Money," told viewers.
AAR: US Rail Traffic Grew 8.4% in Week 2 of 2019(Continued from Prior Part)CP’s rail traffic Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CP) total traffic volumes rose 11.4% YoY (year-over-year) in Week 2 of 2019. It hauled 52,197 railcars compared to 46,853
AAR: US Rail Traffic Grew 8.4% in Week 2 of 2019US rail traffic US railroad companies continue to see strong rail traffic growth. According to the latest data compiled by the Association of American Railroads, US freight rail traffic increased by
Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is going down the precision railroading track. The solution: adopt the principles of precision railroading. "KCS has entered 2019 with a renewed and heightened focus on operational excellence," Ottensmeyer said.
Kansas City Southern’s Q4 Earnings Rose on Higher PricingSurpassed expectationsKansas City Southern (KSU) reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter. Moreover, the company’s quarterly revenues and adjusted EPS improved
Union Pacific (UNP) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.
The company had been expected to report earnings of $1.48 a share on sales of $2.3 billion, based on a FactSet survey of 21 analysts. The stock had fallen 13% since the company last reported earnings on Oct. 15. The company had been expected to report earnings of 99 cents a share on sales of $3.1 billion, based on a FactSet survey of 25 analysts.
--When CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) reported a third quarter 2018 operating ratio (OR) of 58.7 percent, an improvement of almost 1,000 basis points over the third quarter of 2017, it was such a stunning number that it set off enough discussion in the industry over the apparent enormous success of precision railroading (PSR) that Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) in fairly quick order followed suit by saying they were going to go down the PSR route (Union Pacific) or make changes that looked suspiciously like it (Norfolk Southern). In the fourth quarter of 2018, CSX's OR was 60.3 percent, which is a 400 basis point improvement over the 60.7 percent posted in the fourth quarter of 2017. The outlook for 2019 that was to be delivered later Wednesday afternoon on the earnings call by CEO James Foote calls for the full year 2019 operating ratio to outperform the target of 60 percent that was set for 2020.
Union Pacific (UNP) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Will Union Pacific Keep Its Streak Alive This Earnings Season?Fourth-quarter expectationsUnion Pacific (UNP) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings results on January 24. The US railroad company has an impressive record of beating
What to Expect from Norfolk Southern’s Q4 ResultsFourth-quarter expectationsNorfolk Southern (NSC) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results on January 24. The US railroad company has an impressive earnings surprise history. The company
CSX’s Q4 Earnings Beat Expectations on Higher Pricing and VolumesCSX surpassed expectationsCSX (CSX) reported better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter. Moreover, the company’s quarterly revenues and EPS improved significantly on a YoY
OMAHA, Neb. , Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- You are invited to listen to Union Pacific Corporation's (NYSE: UNP) fourth quarter 2018 earnings release presentation that will be broadcast live over the Internet ...
CSX predicted slower revenue growth late Wednesday amid a transformation aimed at optimizing assets and boosting efficiencies.
# Union Pacific Corp ### NYSE:UNP View full report here! ## Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate ## Bearish sentiment Short interest | Positive Short interest is extremely low for UNP with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting UNP. ## Money flow ETF/Index ownership | Neutral ETF activity is neutral. The net inflows of $12.53 billion over the last one-month into ETFs that hold UNP are not among the highest of the last year and have been slowing. ## Economic sentiment PMI by IHS Markit | Negative According to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Industrials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. ## Credit worthiness Credit default swap | Neutral The current level displays a neutral indicator. UNP credit default swap spreads are near their highest levels of the last 3 years, which indicates the market's more negative perception of the company's credit worthiness. Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing. This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
As "crowded" stocks are usually priced for perfection, they are more vulnerable big downside on surprises, according to AB Berstein. "One of the characteristics of crowded companies is a negative skew in reaction to news as measured by earnings revisions or surprise," Berstein's Ann Larson says. Microsoft, Bank of America, Intel and Union Pacific, slated to report earnings in the next two weeks, are among the most crowded companies in the S&P 500 with big expectations, according to Bernstein.
Typically, the holiday season presents a joyous moment for the markets on a substantive basis. With businesses borrowing money to ramp up for manic shoppers, the fourth quarter is the chance to deliver the goods. But with the upcoming earnings reports, investors should probably brace for disappointing results. According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, a string of downgraded profitability expectations has worried analysts. Prior headwinds that began to impact sentiment last year, unfortunately, stuck around longer than corporate leaders anticipated. Further, few indicators suggest that the markets can rise above the doldrums anytime soon. Primarily, the upcoming earnings reports mostly have a China problem. The ongoing trade war between the top two economies in the world have rattled both corporate executives and shareholders. An initial thawing in relations turned out to be a head-fake when controversies like the Huawei arrest returned an icy chill to the narrative. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips On a related note, the trade war throws more variables into an already unstable geopolitical environment. Other countries besides the U.S. must respond to the changing circumstances. Moreover, President Trump hasn't done a great job solidifying relationships with our allies. As a result, friendly nations have the potential of becoming economic rivals, further pressuring upcoming earnings reports. Finally, poor timing hurts Wall Street. Over the last few years, the benchmark indices have enjoyed record-breaking growth. But the tailwind that we're the best block in the worst neighborhood has died down. Now, investors seek substance. From their perspective, they're not getting it, adding to the overall bearishness. * InvestorPlace Roundup: The Hottest Stocks in the Market Today Naturally, almost every company is absorbing some pain. Here are ten upcoming earnings reports that are at risk for posting decelerating profits: ### Bank of America (BAC) No matter what the situation is for the economy or the investment sector, you must always pay attention to the big banks. As economic bellwethers, you can make a reasonable forecast on how Wall Street will perform based on their earnings reports. Unless you're shorting the broader markets, Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) fourth-quarter 2018 earnings report will likely disappoint you. Originally slated for an earnings per share of 63 cents, BAC stock will be lucky if it gets anywhere close. According to Investor's Business Daily, a host of problems -- including the challenges I mentioned above -- will pressure the banks. Currently, BAC stock has benefitted from higher interest rates and tax cuts. However, those factors have likely been baked into the share price. At any rate, BofA's upcoming earnings report is extremely critical because it concentrates mostly in the U.S. Its performance could make or break other companies. ### Morgan Stanley (MS) Under any other circumstance, Morgan Stanley's (NYSE:MS) upcoming earnings report suggests a high probability of success. The last time MS stock missed the mark was back in Q3 2015. Otherwise, shareholders can depend on an earnings beat, and usually a very strong one. I'm not suggesting that MS stock will miss in Q4. However, it's a very real possibility. As is the case with BofA, one wonders how long the low-hanging fruit can sustain Morgan Stanley. Especially in a deflated environment, investors want to hear more than just "tax cuts" or "interest rates." * 10 Key Emerging-Market Stocks to Buy for Contrarian Investors Further, Morgan Stanley obviously features an extensive brokerage business. Even in a bull market, this is a challenging venture due to millennials not embracing equity investments. But with the major indices tanking like they have? The timing couldn't be worse. ### Apple (AAPL) Speaking of low-hanging fruit, we've got to talk about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Among all upcoming earnings reports, AAPL stock levers the most influence in the global markets. When the vaunted consumer-electronics firm revealed that the trade war had hurt its iPhone sales, the Street responded poorly. But I'm not here to harp on past disclosures. First, I want to know just how bad of a miss we're talking about and the greater context. I agree with InvestorPlace market strategist William Roth, who stated that CEO Tim Cook blaming China is a cop-out. As Roth put it, "If you make an innovative product, Chinese consumers will buy it anyway." And that's where my concern lies. Without Steve Jobs, Apple has lost its core catalyst, which only invites lurking competitors. Management better have a good story to tell. Otherwise, AAPL stock may have further to fall. ### Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) Logically, if Apple is taking a turn for the worst, it follows that the company's suppliers will face similar distress. That's the case for Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS). Since the start of last year, SWKS stock has dropped an agonizing 26%. Not surprisingly, Skyworks recently announced a guidance cut for its upcoming earnings report. Previously, management forecasted revenues between $1 billion to $1.02 billion, and EPS of $1.91. Now, the Apple parts supplier is looking at sales of $970 million, and EPS between $1.81 and $1.84. * 8 Streaming Services That Won (and Lost) the 2019 Golden Globes More critically, I think we can expect SWKS stock to remain under pressure throughout most of this year. The concept of "peak smartphone" -- something that I've warned about years ago -- is finally impacting the markets. Unfortunately, companies like Skyworks rely on volume. If Apple and its competitors aren't driving unit sales, SWKS will need serious help. ### Union Pacific (UNP) In recent years, railroad operator Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has pleasantly surprised investors. Despite its rather archaic business, railroading represents a critical component of our transportation network. Additionally, this year looks like a favorable one for UNP stock thanks to a new executive hiring. I'd use the enthusiasm to take profits off the company ahead of its upcoming earnings report. Since the October meltdown, UNP stock has gyrated wildly. More importantly, shares could take on a decidedly negative tone if Union Pacific fails to meet profitability expectations. One of the biggest worries here is declining coal volumes. Despite President Trump's campaign rhetoric to bring back coal, that promise has fallen flat. According to Reuters, more coal plants closed their doors under Trump's first two years than former President Obama's first term. I don't see this situation changing due to cleaner alternatives to coal. Without another sector to pick up the slack, UNP could disappoint among high-profile earnings reports. ### Knight-Swift Transportation (KNX) In many ways, the trucking industry is a real-time bellwether for the underlying economy. Indeed, it could be more accurate than the big banks. After all, if consumers aren't buying goods, you'll see an equivalent decline in trucking demand. If that's the case, the falling price for Knight-Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX) shares isn't a great sign. Since the beginning of 2018, KNX stock has dropped more than 34%, which is an alarming figure. In addition, the U.S. has likely reached maturity in trucking demand. * 8 Cheap Value Stocks That Just Got More Enticing This sets up an interesting situation ahead of the transportation giant's upcoming earnings report. According to industry data, last year saw a record in freight-hauling demand. We're probably not going to see a repeat performance considering the trade war and other retail headwinds. Therefore, I'd stay on the sidelines for KNX stock. ### J B Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) Among upcoming earnings reports, I'm worried most about transportation. In other sectors, particularly banking, you can fudge the numbers to present the best possible image. But with transportation, it's a binary reality: either you're moving products, or you're not. The problems that Knight-Swift is facing is not unique to the company. Another big name in the arena, J B Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ:JBHT), is also taking it in the chin. While JBHT stock had a relatively strong start to 2018, the October selloff really hurt the organization. Over the past three-and-a-half months, shares have tanked more than 18%. A major headwind that hurts the transportation industry's future earnings reports is recruitment. Simply put, nobody wants to be a truck driver. Therefore, to keep the drivers JBHT and its competitors have, they must provide incentives. Trucking is one of the rare job markets where the employees make the rules. However, that doesn't do favors for JBHT stock in terms of profitability. ### Caterpillar (CAT) Out of the major earnings reports set for release, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) has hit the most branches from the ugly tree. CAT stock never gained traction last year as the markets absorbed increasingly bearish news. This year, the iconic industrial giant doesn't have many options to exercise. Primarily, the trade war represents the most worrying impediment. A recent report from Singapore Business Review indicated that China's construction industry will expand nearly 6% this year. If true, that's a lost opportunity that CAT stock can ill afford. Ironically, management has its staunch supporter President Trump to thank. * Mizuho: 7 Long-Term Value Stocks to Buy Now The former real-estate mogul and reality-TV star also boasted about "building the wall." We're now in a dubiously unprecedented government shutdown because of this contentious issue. From Caterpillar's perspective, the wall is a pipe dream. This hurts longer-term prospects, casting a cloud on the upcoming earnings reports. ### DR Horton (DHI) The crazy real-estate market probably won't impact homebuilder DR Horton's (NYSE:DHI) upcoming earnings report. But that doesn't give investors justification to dismiss the problems brewing over the horizon. Over the past two years, housing prices have gone ballistic. This is especially the case for popular destination regions like Southern California. At one point, you could find affordable homes thanks to the recovery phase from the Great Recession. Today, even the cheap homes are out of reach for average income earners. That's a huge problem for DHI stock, particularly because its core industry has a demographic problem. Most millennials were too young to participate in the housing discount shortly after the 2008 crisis. But just as they were about to pull the trigger, prices skyrocketed. This dynamic has created what Fortune's Shawn Tully called a "lost generation" of home buyers. Essentially, housing's boom-bust cycles have created fiefdoms throughout America. While this setup benefits the rich, the wealth imbalance is bad news for DHI stock. ### Ford (F) In our high school yearbook, my classmate and football teammate David wrote that between Ford Motor (NYSE:F) and Chevy, it was no comparison -- you always went with Chevy. As an immigrant, I must admit that I've always been confused why Americans buy American cars. To me, the Ford and Chevy debate is akin to choosing between lethal injection and the gas chamber. If at all possible, I'd rather have a third option. Apparently, I'm not alone in my thinking process. After decades of disappointing sales that limited upside potential in F stock, management has mostly given up on cars. Moving forward, Ford will stick with what it does best: big trucks and SUVs. * 7 Pharmaceutical Stocks That Just Raised Prices This Year I can see this as a recipe for nearer-term success. But if customer tastes change, not having the mainstay sedan is a deal-breaker for F stock in the long run. As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Key Emerging-Market Stocks to Buy for Contrarian Investors * 7 Stocks at Risk of the Global Smartphone Slowdown * 7 Pharmaceutical Stocks That Just Raised Prices This Year Compare Brokers The post 10 Companies That Could Post Decelerating Profits appeared first on InvestorPlace.
US Railroads Kick-Start 2019 with Strong Traffic Growth (Continued from Prior Part) ## Strong intermodal traffic growth Union Pacific’s (UNP) rail traffic volumes rose 5.9% YoY to 139,243 units in the first week of 2019 driven mainly by strong growth in intermodal units. Its rail traffic gain was higher than the US railroad (IYT) companies’ overall 4.8% gain during the same period. During the week, Union Pacific’s intermodal traffic grew 8.8% YoY to 58,320 containers and trailers from 53,582 units in the same period of the previous year. The company moved 55,515 containers in the week compared to 51,007 containers in the same week in 2018. Moreover, the railroad company’s trailer volumes expanded 8.9% YoY to 2,805 units compared to 2,575 units in Week 1 of 2018. Union Pacific’s intermodal volume gain was the highest among all Class I railroad companies followed by Norfolk Southern (NSC), which reported 8.7% YoY gains. BNSF Railway, Canadian Pacific (CP), and CSX (CSX) reported a decline in intermodal traffic. ## Carload traffic Union Pacific’s carload traffic increased 3.9% YoY in the first week. The company carried 80,923 railcars excluding intermodal units compared to 77,873 carloads in the same period last year. Commodities excluding coal and coke posted a 6.5% YoY increase in traffic to 60,671 railcars from 56,972 railcars. However, coal and coke traffic fell 3.1% YoY in Week 1 to 20,252 carloads from 20,901 carloads in the same week of 2018. Commodities excluding coal and coke that reported notable volume growth in Week 1 included chemicals, grain, non-metallic minerals, petroleum products, and metal products. Commodities other than coal and coke that recorded YoY falls in volumes in Week 1 were metallic minerals, and motor vehicles and equipment. Next, we’ll discuss Canadian Pacific’s rail traffic performance. Continue to Next Part Browse this series on Market Realist: * Part 1 - US Railroads Kick-Start 2019 with Strong Traffic Growth * Part 2 - Norfolk Southern Was Top Traffic Volume Gainer in First Week * Part 3 - CSX Reported Strong Carload Traffic Growth in Week 1
Analysts Predict Double-Digit Growth in Kansas City’s Q4 EPS ## Fourth-quarter expectations Kansas City Southern (KSU) is slated to report fourth-quarter results on January 18. For the quarter, Wall Street analysts project EPS to grow 13% YoY to $1.56, mainly driven by higher revenues and lower taxes. However, increased operating expenses are likely to partially offset the growth in bottom-line results. Analysts forecast fourth-quarter revenues to increase ~5% YoY to $693.2 million mainly due to higher carload volumes. According to weekly rail traffic data released by the company, Kansas City Southern has reported improvement in volumes in almost every week of the fourth quarter. A strong economy has been driving rail traffic volumes. Furthermore, the effective tax rate for the company is anticipated to be slightly lower than the year-ago quarter. For the upcoming quarter, analysts forecast the tax rate to come in at 29.5%, down from 32.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Nonetheless, rising operating expenses may negatively impact the company’s bottom-line results. For the fourth quarter, analysts expect operating expenses to increase 4.9% YoY to $443.2 million. ## Full-year projections For the full year, Wall Street analysts project the company to report EPS of $5.97, 13.7% higher than the $5.25 it earned in 2017. Revenue for the year is expected to increase 5% YoY to $2.7 billion, while tax rates are expected to come down to 29.1% from 33.5% in 2017. The 2018 EPS of major US railroad companies (IYT) Union Pacific (UNP), Norfolk Southern (NSC), and CSX (CSX) are expected to increase 35.6%, 40%, 55%, respectively, on a YoY basis.