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Is Norfolk Southern Corporation(NYSE: NSC), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 6/2/1982. Norfolk Southern Corporation is in the Railroads industry and Services sector. Average volume for Norfolk Southern Corporation, is 1623.39, and so far today it has a volume of 643470. Performance year to date since the 6/2/1982 is 7.80%.

To help you determine whether Norfolk Southern Corporation is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.83 and forward P/E is 14.75. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Norfolk Southern Corporation has a value for PEG of 1.56. P/S ratio is 2.62 and the P/B ratio is 2.16. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 30.51 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Norfolk Southern Corporation is trading at, 88.56 (-1.36% today), Norfolk Southern Corporation has a dividend yield of 2.63%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 43.90%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.33, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 11.42% after growing -20.10% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -3.90%, and -9.50% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 294.34, and the number of shares float is 290.61. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 68.50%. The float short is 0.88%, with the short ratio at a value of 1.57. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.70%, and also a return on investment of 8.90%.

The ability for Norfolk Southern Corporation, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.1, and quick ratio is 0.9. Long term debt/equity is 0.78 and total debt/equity is 0.82. In terms of margins, Norfolk Southern Corporation has a gross margin of 39.90%, with its operating margin at 29.30%, and Norfolk Southern Corporation has a profit margin of 15.80%.

The 52 week high is -8.91%, with 38.20% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 2.81% and the 200 day simple moving average is 7.66%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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