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How to buy Norfolk Southern Corporation stock
Learn how to easily invest in Norfolk Southern Corporation stock.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is a railroads business based in the US. Norfolk Southern Corporation shares (NSC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Norfolk Southern Corporation employs 18,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $11.9 billion.
How to buy shares in Norfolk Southern Corporation
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – NSC – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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What's in this guide?
- NSC shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is NSC stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is NSC suitable for ethical investing?
- Are NSC shares over-valued?
- Norfolk Southern Corporation's financials
- How volatile are NSC shares?
- Does Norfolk Southern Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have NSC shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Norfolk Southern Corporation stock price (NYSE: NSC)Use our graph to track the performance of NSC stocks over time.
Norfolk Southern Corporation shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$217.65|
|52-week range||$215.93 - $295.01|
|50-day moving average||$245.93|
|200-day moving average||$257.69|
|Wall St. target price||$264.96|
|Dividend yield||$4.66 (2.28%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$12.54|
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Norfolk Southern Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-15)||N/A|
|1 month (2022-08-26)||-13.97%|
|3 months (2022-06-22)||N/A|
|6 months (2022-03-23)||-21.49%|
|1 year (2021-09-24)||-11.19%|
|2 years (2020-09-25)||-0.69%|
|3 years (2019-09-26)||18.95%|
|5 years (2017-09-26)||66.15%|
Is Norfolk Southern Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Norfolk Southern Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Norfolk Southern Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's P/E ratio
Norfolk Southern Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Norfolk Southern Corporation shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's PEG ratio
Norfolk Southern Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6644. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Norfolk Southern Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's EBITDA
Norfolk Southern Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.9 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Norfolk Southern Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Norfolk Southern Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||$11.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||39.91%|
|Gross profit TTM||$5.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||7.58%|
|Return on equity TTM||22.1%|
|Market capitalisation||$51.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Norfolk Southern Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Norfolk Southern Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 25.77
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Norfolk Southern Corporation's overall score of 25.77 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Norfolk Southern Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Norfolk Southern Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 11.94/100
Norfolk Southern Corporation's environmental score of 11.94 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Norfolk Southern Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's social score
Social score: 13.27/100
Norfolk Southern Corporation's social score of 13.27 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Norfolk Southern Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 6.05/100
Norfolk Southern Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Norfolk Southern Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Norfolk Southern Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Norfolk Southern Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||25.77|
|Total ESG percentile||39.34|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
Norfolk Southern Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 38.3% of net profits
Recently Norfolk Southern Corporation has paid out, on average, around 38.3% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.28% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Norfolk Southern Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.28% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Norfolk Southern Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.66 per share.
While Norfolk Southern Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Norfolk Southern Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 19 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Norfolk Southern Corporation's shares ever split?
Norfolk Southern Corporation's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 9 October 1997. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Norfolk Southern Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Norfolk Southern Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Norfolk Southern Corporation's share price.
Norfolk Southern Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Norfolk Southern Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $215.9276 up to $295.0147. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Norfolk Southern Corporation's is 1.3192. This would suggest that Norfolk Southern Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Norfolk Southern Corporation overview
Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. The company transports agriculture, forest, and consumer products comprising soybeans, wheat, corn, fertilizers, livestock and poultry feed, food products, food oils, flour, sweeteners, ethanol, lumber and wood products, pulp board and paper products, wood fibers, wood pulp, scrap paper, beverages, canned goods, and consumer products; chemicals consist of sulfur and related chemicals, petroleum products, chlorine and bleaching compounds, plastics, rubber, industrial chemicals, chemical wastes, and sand; metals and construction materials, such as steel, aluminum products, machinery, scrap metals, cement, aggregates, minerals, clay, transportation equipment, and military-related products; and automotive, including finished motor vehicles and automotive parts, as well as coal. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports; and provides commuter rail passenger transportation services and operates an intermodal network. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated approximately 19,300 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. .
Norfolk Southern Corporation in the news
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Norfolk Southern Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.128% of Norfolk Southern Corporation shares are held by insiders and 76.907% by institutions. How many people work for Norfolk Southern Corporation?
Latest data suggests 18,100 work at Norfolk Southern Corporation. When does the fiscal year end for Norfolk Southern Corporation?
Norfolk Southern Corporation's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Norfolk Southern Corporation based?
Norfolk Southern Corporation's address is: 650 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30308-1925 What is Norfolk Southern Corporation's ISIN number?
Norfolk Southern Corporation's international securities identification number is: US6558441084 What is Norfolk Southern Corporation's CUSIP number?
Norfolk Southern Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 655844108
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