Norfolk Southern (NSC) Competitors

-1.18 (-0.51%)
(As of 05/17/2024 ET)


Should you be buying Norfolk Southern stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Norfolk Southern include Union Pacific (UNP), CSX (CSX), Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CP), Canadian National Railway (CNI), Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL), FedEx (FDX), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ryanair (RYAAY), Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB), and United Airlines (UAL). These companies are all part of the "transportation" sector.

Norfolk Southern vs.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) and Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) are both large-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, community ranking, valuation, media sentiment, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

In the previous week, Union Pacific had 3 more articles in the media than Norfolk Southern. MarketBeat recorded 29 mentions for Union Pacific and 26 mentions for Norfolk Southern. Norfolk Southern's average media sentiment score of 0.89 beat Union Pacific's score of 0.62 indicating that Union Pacific is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Union Pacific
10 Very Positive mention(s)
4 Positive mention(s)
4 Neutral mention(s)
2 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Norfolk Southern
9 Very Positive mention(s)
5 Positive mention(s)
4 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)

Union Pacific has a net margin of 26.52% compared to Union Pacific's net margin of 11.76%. Norfolk Southern's return on equity of 44.34% beat Union Pacific's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Union Pacific26.52% 44.34% 9.57%
Norfolk Southern 11.76%19.61%6.05%

Union Pacific presently has a consensus price target of $259.61, indicating a potential upside of 5.98%. Norfolk Southern has a consensus price target of $261.78, indicating a potential upside of 13.14%. Given Union Pacific's higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Norfolk Southern is more favorable than Union Pacific.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Union Pacific
0 Sell rating(s)
6 Hold rating(s)
13 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)
Norfolk Southern
1 Sell rating(s)
5 Hold rating(s)
12 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)

80.4% of Union Pacific shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of Norfolk Southern shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Union Pacific shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Norfolk Southern shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Union Pacific pays an annual dividend of $5.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Norfolk Southern pays an annual dividend of $5.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Union Pacific pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Norfolk Southern pays out 87.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Norfolk Southern has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Norfolk Southern is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Union Pacific has higher revenue and earnings than Norfolk Southern. Union Pacific is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Norfolk Southern, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Union Pacific$24.12B6.20$6.38B$10.4823.38
Norfolk Southern$12.16B4.30$1.83B$6.2137.26

Union Pacific has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Norfolk Southern has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Union Pacific received 435 more outperform votes than Norfolk Southern when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 70.21% of users gave Union Pacific an outperform vote while only 57.43% of users gave Norfolk Southern an outperform vote.

Union PacificOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes
Norfolk SouthernOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes


Union Pacific beats Norfolk Southern on 17 of the 22 factors compared between the two stocks.

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New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

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Media Sentiment Over Time

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NSC vs. The Competition

MetricNorfolk SouthernRailroads, line IndustryTransportation SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$52.54B$115.31B$10.42B$18.05B
Dividend Yield2.32%2.04%3.61%3.43%
P/E Ratio37.2614.5621.3523.97
Price / Sales4.306.3523.5810.29
Price / Cash13.2216.9316.0820.14
Price / Book4.177.532.226.01
Net Income$1.83B$5.27B$675.04M$966.25M
7 Day Performance0.47%-0.35%1.90%1.87%
1 Month Performance-3.64%2.25%8.11%7.16%
1 Year Performance7.03%10.00%16.90%21.68%

Norfolk Southern Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
Union Pacific
4.4955 of 5 stars
+23.2%$149.89B$24.09B23.4432,973Analyst Revision
4.6463 of 5 stars
Canadian Pacific Kansas City
4.1537 of 5 stars
Canadian National Railway
4.1229 of 5 stars
+6.9%$80.61B$12.47B20.1924,987Short Interest ↓
Old Dominion Freight Line
4.2673 of 5 stars
+20.5%$39.55B$5.87B32.0522,902Analyst Revision
News Coverage
4.7571 of 5 stars
Delta Air Lines
4.925 of 5 stars
4.6544 of 5 stars
+19.5%$29.31B$11.23B13.2422,261Positive News
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies
4.6657 of 5 stars
+72.7%$29.09B$9.68B32.2129,000Dividend Announcement
Analyst Revision
United Airlines
4.8366 of 5 stars
+15.1%$17.89B$53.72B6.7210,300Analyst Upgrade

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This page (NYSE:NSC) was last updated on 5/18/2024 by Staff

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