How to buy Norfolk Southern shares | 18 April

How to buy Norfolk Southern shares

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Norfolk Southern Corporation is a railroads business based in the US. Norfolk Southern shares (NSC.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Norfolk Southern employs 19,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $9.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Norfolk Southern

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: NSC in this case.
  5. Research Norfolk Southern shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Norfolk Southern shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Norfolk Southern share price

Use our graph to track the performance of NSC stocks over time.

Norfolk Southern shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-16.
Latest market close$N/A
52-week range$144.6281 - $276.15
50-day moving average $263.2838
200-day moving average $241.6299
Wall St. target price$275.86
PE ratio 34.725
Dividend yield $3.76 (1.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.837
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Fees for buying 5x Norfolk Southern shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Fineco logo £0 No minimum £12.35
£958.71 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $200 £4.73
£951.09 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.39
£947.76 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £4.75
£951.11 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £21.43
£967.79 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £22.20
£968.56 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £24.34
£970.71 total
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Is it a good time to buy Norfolk Southern stock?

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Norfolk Southern price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $262.005

1 week (2021-04-07) -3.49%
1 month (2021-03-18) -0.40%

Is Norfolk Southern under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Norfolk Southern's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, Norfolk Southern shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

Norfolk Southern's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1118. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Norfolk Southern'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's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $4.6 billion (£3.3 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Norfolk Southern's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $9.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 35.53%
Gross profit TTM $4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.73%
Return on equity TTM 13.43%
Profit margin 20.56%
Book value $58.672
Market capitalisation $73.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Norfolk Southern shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "NSC.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 2.5 million Norfolk Southern shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 6.3% up from 2.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Norfolk Southern shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Norfolk Southern's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Norfolk Southern shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Norfolk Southern shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Norfolk Southern's SIR currently stands at 2.03. In other words for every 100,000 Norfolk Southern shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2030 shares are currently held short.

However Norfolk Southern's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Norfolk Southern shares, or, against the total number of tradable Norfolk Southern shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Norfolk Southern's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Norfolk Southern shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0094% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Norfolk Southern shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Norfolk Southern.

Find out more about how you can short Norfolk Southern stock.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Norfolk Southern's total ESG risk: 25.77

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Norfolk Southern'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 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.).

Environmental score

Norfolk Southern's environmental score: 11.94/100

Norfolk Southern'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 is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Norfolk Southern's social score: 13.27/100

Norfolk Southern'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 is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Norfolk Southern's governance score: 6.05/100

Norfolk Southern's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Norfolk Southern is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Norfolk Southern's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Norfolk Southern scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Norfolk Southern has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Norfolk Southern Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.77
Total ESG percentile 39.34
Environmental score 11.94
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 13.27
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 6.05
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Norfolk Southern share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 41.14% of net profits

Recently Norfolk Southern has paid out, on average, around 41.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Norfolk Southern's case, that would currently equate to about $3.76 per share.

While Norfolk Southern's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Norfolk Southern's most recent dividend payout was on 9 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Norfolk Southern's shares ever split?

Norfolk Southern'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 shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Norfolk Southern shares which in turn could have impacted Norfolk Southern's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Norfolk Southern's shares have ranged in value from as little as $144.6281 up to $276.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NSC.US volatility(beta: 1.3)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Norfolk Southern's is 1.3017. This would suggest that Norfolk Southern's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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