News headlines about Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Norfolk Southern earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the railroad operator an impact score of 45.9046321348951 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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Shares of NSC stock traded up $2.97 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $136.48. The company had a trading volume of 1,463,755 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,823,195. Norfolk Southern has a 12 month low of $111.21 and a 12 month high of $157.15. The company has a quick ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56. The firm has a market capitalization of $37,916.46, a PE ratio of 20.65, a P/E/G ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 1.31.

Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The railroad operator reported $1.69 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.13. Norfolk Southern had a return on equity of 14.16% and a net margin of 51.22%. The company had revenue of $2.67 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.66 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.42 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Norfolk Southern will post 8.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

NSC has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $145.00 target price on shares of Norfolk Southern in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th. Scotiabank upgraded Norfolk Southern from a “sector perform” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $156.00 price target on shares of Norfolk Southern in a report on Monday, January 8th. ValuEngine upgraded Norfolk Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Norfolk Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $140.00.

In related news, Chairman James A. Squires sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.10, for a total transaction of $1,501,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Thomas E. Hurlbut sold 467 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.17, for a total value of $70,129.39. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 5,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $750,850. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 13,166 shares of company stock worth $1,958,040 in the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 0.23% of the company’s stock.

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Norfolk Southern Company Profile

Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, as well as coal, automotive, and industrial products; and provides commuter passenger services.

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