Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) shares are trading at lower $203.64 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $231.42.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $224.99 and the low is $112.62. Over the last 52 weeks, NSC is up 8.46% while the S&P 500 is up 11.51%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, NSC reported a profit of $1.48 billion. Norfolk Southern Corporation also saw revenues increase to $2.08 billion. In addition, NSC has free cash flow of $1.02 billion as of 06-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $892.0 million which compares well with its peers.
NSC booked profit margins of 20.40%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 13.90%, and its Return on Assets is 5.60%. All told, it is clear that, NSC needs to be on your watchlist.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. NSC has a short ratio of 2.42 and outstanding shares of 255.40M.
NSC has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 8.03. Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC also noted assets of $37.96 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as NSC has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, NSC represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC is now commanding a market cap of 51.40B and a float of 254.79M. NSC is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of NSC stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
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