Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) versus Its Competitors Head-To-Head Contrast

Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of 30 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Norfolk Souther Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

Norfolk Souther Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Norfolk Souther Corporation pays out 38.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Norfolk Souther Corporation has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Norfolk Souther Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.50, indicating that their average stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Norfolk Souther Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Norfolk Souther Corporation 3 14 5 0 2.09
Norfolk Souther Corporation Competitors 205 1488 2080 74 2.53

Norfolk Souther Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $125.17, suggesting a potential downside of 1.56%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.94%. Given Norfolk Souther Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Norfolk Souther Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.1% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.7% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Norfolk Souther Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Norfolk Souther Corporation $9.89 billion $1.67 billion 19.99
Norfolk Souther Corporation Competitors $6.80 billion $848.22 million 224.45

Norfolk Souther Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Norfolk Souther Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Norfolk Souther Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Norfolk Souther Corporation 17.86% 14.72% 5.29%
Norfolk Souther Corporation Competitors 10.40% 14.28% 5.07%

Summary

Norfolk Souther Corporation rivals beat Norfolk Souther Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Norfolk Souther Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corporation is a holding company engaged in the rail transportation business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated approximately 19,500 miles of road primarily in the East and Midwest. The Company is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East and Midwest. The Company, through interchange with rail carriers, to and from the rest of the United States. The Company also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. It provides logistics services and offers the intermodal network in the eastern half of the United States. The Company’s system reaches various manufacturing plants, electric generating facilities, mines, distribution centers and other businesses located in its service area. The Company’s intermodal market group consists of shipments moving in trailers, domestic and international containers, and RoadRailer equipment.

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