173.47 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:30PM EDT
|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||171.76 - 174.17|
|52 Week Range||116.77 - 174.43|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||8.67|
|Earnings Date||Oct 23, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.20 (1.85%)|
|1y Target Est||174.95|
In this updated daily bar chart of NSC, below, we can see that prices have leveled off this month. NSC is still above the rising 50-day moving average line but the daily On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line has been flat the last week suggesting a balance between bulls and bears. This weekly bar chart of NSC, below, does not show any weakness.
Previously, we discuss Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Coal segment’s performance. In this part, we’ll discuss the railroad’s operating margin performance in the second quarter.
Earlier, we reviewed Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Agricultural Products segment. In this part, we’ll discuss how the Coal segment performed. In the second quarter, BNSF’s coal revenues were $911.0 million—down 0.1% from $912.0 million in the second quarter in 2017.
In the previous part, we discussed Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Industrial Products segment. In this part, we’ll analyze the railroad’s Agricultural Products segment. In the second quarter, the segment’s revenues grew 10% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.1 billion from $1.0 billion. However, the segment’s share in total freight revenues declined 0.4% to 20.1% from 20.5% in the second quarter of 2017.
In the previous part, we analyzed Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) revenues. In this part, we’ll discuss the Consumer Products segment. In the second quarter, the Consumer Products segment’s revenues increased $237.0 million or 13.6% to $1.9 billion from $1.7 billion in the second quarter of 2017.
Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) railroad operations are reported in four segments—Industrial Products, Consumer Products, Agricultural Products, and Coal. In the second quarter, BNSF’s total revenues were $5.8 billion—up 12% YoY (year-over-year) from $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017. Excluding non-rail logistics and accessorial revenues of $324.0 million, BNSF’s total freight revenues were $5.5 billion—up 11.1% YoY from $5.0 billion in the second quarter of 2017.
Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) privately owned BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) is the largest Class I railroad in the United States. On August 7, BNSF filed a 10Q with the SEC for the quarter ending on June 30. BNSF operates the largest rail network in North America through its wholly owned subsidiary—BNSF Railway Company.
SkyWest (SKYW) posts a decline in July block hours, in line with its fleet transition plans. Rise in the key metric, load factor, is another positive.
Norfolk Southern (NSC) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity and is a great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.
In this part of the series, we’ll be looking at Expeditors International of Washington’s (EXPD) Ocean Freight and Ocean Services segment. The segment’s gross revenue rose 0.3% YoY (year-over-year) to $530 million in the second quarter. Its net revenue expanded 1.5% YoY to $144.8 million in Q2 2018 from $142.6 million in Q2 2017.
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) reported 5.7% YoY (year-over-year) growth in carload traffic. The railroad hauled ~31,900 railcars excluding intermodal units in Week 30, compared to ~30,200 units in the comparable period of 2017.
Of the 28 analysts covering Union Pacific (UNP) stock, 15 have recommended “buys,” 12 have recommended “holds,” and one has recommended a “sell.” Analysts’ target price of $155.84 is ~4% higher than UNP’s August 7 closing price of $149.88. Its business reorganization could increase its operating costs in the short term, but analysts expect it to expand its operating margin in the long term.
Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), North America’s largest shortline operator, is known for its acquisition appetite in the railroad industry. Over the years, the company has grown as a result of numerous acquisitions. In the last five years, GWR has spent over $2.0 billion on acquisitions.
Eastern US railroad giant CSX Corporation (CSX) reported 6.1% YoY (year-over-year) carload traffic growth in Week 30. The railroad’s intermodal gains were lower than carload traffic growth in the week. CSX moved ~71,000 railcars excluding intermodal compared to ~66,900 railcars in the previous year.
In the previous article, we examined the effects of CSX Corporation’s (CSX) new operating model on its financials. In this article, we’ll assess Kansas City Southern’s (KSU) stock price movements and the factors affecting its stock price.
In Week 30, Eastern US major railroad Norfolk Southern (NSC) ranked third based on that week’s total railcar volume gains. The railroad witnessed 5.6% YoY (year-over-year) growth in Week 30, ranking below Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Canadian Pacific (CP) with 6.2% and 6.4% gains, respectively, in that week.
CSX Corporation (CSX) went a step further and completely changed its rail operating model. This new operational turnaround model should help CSX achieve revenue growth on increased shipments and pricing gains from the intermodal and general merchandise segment.
In Week 30, Western US major railroad Union Pacific (UNP) witnessed 2.3% YoY (year-over-year) carload traffic growth. The railroad moved ~98,100 railcars excluding intermodal units in the week compared to ~95,900 in the corresponding week of 2017.
Now let’s look at Norfolk Southern (NSC), a major Eastern US railroad company. On August 3, NSC entered into an accelerated agreement with Bank of America and Goldman Sachs to buy back its common stock worth $1.2 billion. In the last week of July, Norfolk Southern announced an 11% increase in its quarterly dividend per share to $0.80 from $0.72.
BNSF Railway (BRK.B) reported a 4.5% YoY (year-over-year) increase in carload traffic in Week 30. During the week, the Western US major railroad company hauled ~103,300 railcars excluding intermodal compared to ~98,800 units in the corresponding period of 2017.
On July 31, Western US rail giant Union Pacific (UNP) saw its stock set a new all-time high of $151.50. In the last week of July, the company announced a 10% dividend rise, taking its dividend per share to $0.80 from $0.73.
The second-quarter earnings releases of major US railroad companies concluded with Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) earnings results, which it released on July 27. A quick look into these companies’ earnings reveals a vivid YoY (year-over-year) rise in rail freight volumes. For railroad companies, top line growth is primarily driven by volumes and pricing gains.