Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) stock enjoyed an overall uptrend of 14.49% from the beginning of 2018. The closing share price quoted for December 05, 2018 was $165.89. The -3.65% drop might have been tempting for an investor to sell at this point but in fact that would prove a short-sighted mistake, as sell-side analysts think there is almost 29% more gain yet to come for shareholders. Analysts seemed to set $214 as highest price target on its way to greater gains. The average 12-month price target they expect from the stock is $187.95. This mean price target represents 13.3% upside over its previous closing price. The median price target they presented was $189.5 for the next 12-months, which suggests a 14.23% upside from current levels. Some analysts have a lowest price target on the stock of $115, which would mean a -30.68% gain in value.
A fresh roundup today notes that NSC stock has added around 18.59% of its value in the past 12 months, suggesting more investors have expressed joy over about in that time period. If we turn to the Street in general, the positives still outweigh the negatives as we can see that Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC), have a ,neutral (2.3) analyst consensus rating. In the current time, the stock has 13 buy and 12 hold ratings. The stock registered its 52-week high of $186.91 on September 18 and its 52-week low of $127.79 on April 06. Currently, the shares are trading $9.11 above its YTD moving average of $156.78.
Moving on, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) last reported its September 2018 earnings. For brief highlights, it performed well in that quarter, with earnings up 44% year-over-year at $2.52. The company surprised analysts by 3 who were expecting $2.44 per share. Overall, its quarterly revenues jumped by 10% to reach $2.95 billion, while it had reported $2.67 billion in the same period a year ago. To see what investors should really expect from its December 2018 financial results consensus analyst estimates are calling for current quarter earnings per share of $2.33, up from $1.69 in the same quarter a year ago. However, earnings-per-share are expected to see growth of 11% in next year. From there, the company believes it can achieve a long-term annual earnings growth rate of 17.17 %. At the other end of the income statement, we have seen revenue of $11.23 billion over the trailing 12 months.
To help you decide whether it’s worth the wait (and the money), Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is currently trading at 18.13X the company’s trailing-12-month earnings per share, which represents a discount compared to the sector’s 24.63X and comes in below its industry’s 23.65X. The most popular method for valuing a stock is to study the historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio using reported earnings for the past 12 months. The EPS number for this stock in the most recent four quarters of earnings stood at $9.15. P/E ratio is so popular because it’s simple, it’s effective, and, tautologically, because everyone uses it.
The 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) on Wednesday, December 05 of 2018 shows that the price on average moves $4.59. The average daily volatility is 2.84% over the past week. Low volatility is good for the stock and it means we have calm and confident investors. If you check recent Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) volume, you will see that it has changed to 2.32 million shares versus the average daily volume of 2.18 million shares.
When you look at the daily chart for NSC, you will observe the stock held 9.1% gains in the 6-month period and maintains 29.81% distance from its most recent low. The past 5-day performance for the share stays positive at 1.9% but down -1.42% from its three-week moving average. Comparing to 50-day SMA, Norfolk Southern Corporation shares price is now down -2.9%. It also closed 4.84% lower from its 200-day SMA. This is often seen as the last line of defense for long term trends to find support at, else be considered broken and/or in a bear market. The daily chart of the stock more clearly reveals the slide in prices as it closed Wednesday with a 1-month performance at -1.6%.