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How to buy Norfolk Southern Corporation shares

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Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) is a leading railroads business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$260.34 after a previous close of US$258.87. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD259.31 to a high of USD262.56. The latest price was USD262.005 (25 minute delay). Norfolk Southern Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Norfolk Southern Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Norfolk Southern Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: NSC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Norfolk Southern Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Norfolk Southern Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Norfolk Southern Corporation. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Norfolk Southern Corporation share price

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Norfolk Southern Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-11.
Previous closeUS$258.87
Change US$3.135
Change % 1.211%
Volume 222,194
Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week rangeUS$144.6281 - US$276.15
50-day moving average US$263.2838
200-day moving average US$241.6299
Target priceUS$275.86
PE ratio 34.725
Dividend yield US$3.76 (1.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$7.837

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Is it a good time to buy Norfolk Southern Corporation stock?

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Norfolk Southern Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $262.005

1 month (2021-03-23) 0.67%

Is Norfolk Southern Corporation under- or over-valued?

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 35x. In other words, Norfolk Southern Corporation 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.

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 2.1118. 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 US$4.6 billion (£3.3 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 US$9.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 35.53%
Gross profit TTM US$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 US$73.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Norfolk Southern Corporation shares

There are currently 2.5 million Norfolk Southern Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Norfolk Southern Corporation's "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 Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Norfolk Southern Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

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

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

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

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

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 Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 41.14% of net profits

Recently Norfolk Southern Corporation 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), Norfolk Southern Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Norfolk Southern Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.76 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 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 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 US$144.6281 up to US$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 Corporation's is 1.3017. 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 industrial products, including agriculture, forest and consumer products, chemicals, and metals and construction materials; and coal, automobiles, and automotive parts. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports; and provides commuter passenger services. As of December 31, 2020, 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 Norfolk, Virginia.

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