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Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 28042.83. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Norfolk Southern Corporation is 95.53 (with a change from open of 1.09%), this in conjunction with a target price of 94.19. Volume today has so far reached 1100000, with an average volume of about 1381.37. The GAP for this stock, is 0.02%.

The P/E ratio is 17.91, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 15.71. The current EPS for Norfolk Southern Corporation, is 5.33, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -20.10%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 15.47%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Norfolk Southern Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 11.58% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 10.78%. Quarter over quarter is -3.90% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -9.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 4.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 2.00%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 70.20%. Shares outstanding is 293.55, while shares float is at a value of 292.38. Float short for Norfolk Southern Corporation is 0.94% and the short ratio is 1.99.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.78, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.82. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.1, and the quick ratio is 0.9. The most recent gross margin is 41.40% and their operating margin is 29.30%. The profit margin is 15.80%.

Norfolk Southern Corporation has seen returns on assets of 4.70%, and on investment, 8.90%. Return on equity is 13.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.66. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.78, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.29 and Price/cash is 32.38, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are 4.66% and 14.85% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -1.09% and the 52 week low is 50.07%.

Norfolk Southern Corporation has a dividend yield of 2.47%, with a current price of 95.53. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 43.90%. This is in an industry, Railroads, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. Norfolk Southern Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Railroads industry means that Norfolk Southern Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 2.60%, with performance for the month coming to 1.62%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 14.83%, and for the half year the performance is 31.36%. Volatility for this week is 1.28% and for the month this is 1.59%.

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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