Get Into Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) For The Right Reasons

Some analysts have a lowest price target on Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) of $116, which would mean a -34.44% gain in value. The closing share price quoted for February 11, 2019 was $176.95. The 3.2% rally might have been tempting for an investor to buy at this point and in fact that would prove a good idea, as sell-side analysts think there is almost 14.72% more gain yet to come for shareholders. Analysts seemed to set $203 as highest price target on its way to greater gains. The stock enjoyed an overall uptrend of 18.33% from the beginning of 2019. The average 12-month price target they expect from the stock is $181.48. This mean price target represents 2.56% upside over its previous closing price. The median price target they presented was $185 for the next 12-months, which suggests a 4.55% upside from current levels.

A fresh roundup today notes that NSC stock has added around 29.26% 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 June 04. Currently, the shares are trading $13.2 above its YTD moving average of $163.75.

Moving on, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) last reported its December 2018 earnings. For brief highlights, it performed well in that quarter, with earnings up 52% year-over-year at $2.57. The company surprised analysts by 12 who were expecting $2.29 per share. Overall, its quarterly revenues jumped by 9% to reach $2.9 billion, while it had reported $2.67 billion in the same period a year ago. To see what investors should really expect from its March 2019 financial results consensus analyst estimates are calling for current quarter earnings per share of $2.23, up from $1.93 in the same quarter a year ago. However, earnings-per-share are expected to see growth of 11.14% in next year. From there, the company believes it can achieve a long-term annual earnings growth rate of 8.88 %. At the other end of the income statement, we have seen revenue of $11.46 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 18.59X the company’s trailing-12-month earnings per share, which represents a discount compared to the sector’s 19.66X and comes in below its industry’s 41.86X. 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 $9.52. 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 Monday, February 11 of 2019 shows that the price on average moves $3.93. The average daily volatility is 1.99% 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 4.53 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 3.06% gains in the 6-month period and maintains 38.47% distance from its most recent low. The past 5-day performance for the share stays positive at 4.12% but up 6.1% from its three-week moving average. Comparing to 50-day SMA, Norfolk Southern Corporation shares price is now up 10.89%. It also closed 8.53% higher 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 Monday with a 1-month performance at 9.63%.