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December 4, 2012
07:14 EDTPACR, JBHT, UNP, CGI, NSC, KSU, FDX, SWFT, CSXRail, trucking firms benefit from booming trade with Mexico, Reuters reports
U.S. rail and trucking companies are making big investments on both sides of the border with Mexico to capitalize on booming trade between the two countries, reports Reuters.Reference Link
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January 27, 2016
08:05 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern plans to reduce costs, achieve annual savings of $650M by 2020
Norfolk Southern announced further details of its strategic plan designed to streamline operations and drive profitability and growth. The company's projected expense reduction and disciplined cost control initiatives are in the categories of compensation and benefits, purchased services and rents, materials, and fuel. The company expects to achieve annual productivity savings of more than $650M per year by 2020, growing from an initial $130M in 2016. With this plan, Norfolk Southern expects to improve consistency, reliability, and availability, resulting in a faster, lower cost, and more profitable railroad. The Company has already begun implementing the plan and expects associated net benefits to begin appearing in Norfolk Southern's financial results beginning in the first half of 2016. The strategic plan, which was announced on Dec. 4, 2015, is the result of a six-month, comprehensive evaluation of the company's business model, including customer service, network performance efficiency measures, and revenue growth. As a result of these measures, the Company expects to achieve an operating ratio below 70 in 2016 with additional improvements driving OR to less than 65 by 2020, with double digit annual EPS growth, increased ROE and higher return of capital.
08:03 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern reports Q4 EPS $1.20, consensus $1.23
Reports Q4 revenue $2.52B, consensus $2.57B. Results included expenses related to restructuring the company's Triple Crown Services subsidiary and closing its Roanoke, Va., office, which together reduced fourth-quarter net income by $31 million, or 10c per share.
07:43 EDTFDXStephens says FedEx among favorites names over next 12-24 months
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January 26, 2016
17:47 EDTNSCSenator calls for investigation of Canadian Pacific pursuit of Norfolk Southern
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17:13 EDTFDXFedEx announces new 25M share repurchase program
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14:32 EDTNSCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
14:05 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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14:00 EDTSWFT, JBHTSwift spikes after reporting Q4 earnings beat
Shares of trucking company Swift (SWFT) are rallying after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday evening. WHAT'S NEW: Swift reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $1.09B. Analysts were anticipating Q4 EPS of 47c on revenue of $1.12B. With its Q4 financial results, the company guided for fiscal 2016 EPS of $1.50-$1.60 against analyst estimates of $1.55. Swift attributed the earnings beat to strong operational execution, declining fuel prices, gains on equipment sales, and a better than anticipated tax rate. "We were able to generate year-over-year rate increases in our three largest reportable segments, despite difficult comparison quarters. Investments in our fleet technology are also beginning to pay off, with improved accident and workers' compensation trends, driver retention, and fuel efficiency in the quarter. We also realized improvements in our Intermodal container turns," the company said in a letter to investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE. In late September, the company slashed it fiscal 2015 EPS view to $1.43-$1.52 from $1.64-$1.74. At the time, the company blamed its reduced view, in part, on the additional carrying expense associated with the large volume of new tractors received late in the second quarter due to delivery delays, as well as a reduction in expected volumes of seasonal project business in Q4 of 2015 due to customers' recent logistical changes. A month later, with its third quarter results, the trucking company noted that as it moved into Q4, it would focus on improving utilization of its fleet. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Swift lost about 50% of their value in 2015 and closed Monday at $13.67. In Tuesday afternoon trading, shares of Swift are up over 19% to $16.31. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other companies in the truck and logistics space are also up, including JB Hunt (JBHT), Hub Group (HUBG), Landstar System (LSTR), and Werner Enterprises (WERN).
January 25, 2016
19:28 EDTSWFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Swift Transportation (SWFT), up 5.4%... Sanmina (SANM), up 4.6%... Rambus (RMBS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 12.9% after filing a New Animal Drug Application with the FDA... Relypsa (RLYP), up 16.5% after announcing results from Veltassa drug-drug interaction studies. LOWER: Centene (CNC), down 1.9% after announcing an internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for.
16:15 EDTSWFTSwift Transport sees FY16 EPS $1.50-$1.60, consensus $1.55
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16:13 EDTSWFTSwift Transport reports Q4 EPS 53c, consensus 47c
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14:29 EDTSWFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:24 EDTSWFTOptions with increasing volume
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10:56 EDTSWFTSwift Transport February volume and volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Swift Transport February 13 and 14 calls are active on total call volume of 8,800 contracts (140 puts) suggesting traders taking positions for upside price movement suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26. February call option implied volatility is at 71, March is at 63; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 69.
10:16 EDTSWFTHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: IRM SWFT STLD AAN PKG NVRO PZZA SYY EDAP SSYS
10:00 EDTJBHTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
08:57 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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07:39 EDTKSUKansas City Southern price target lowered to $80 from $88 at UBS
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07:37 EDTJBHT, NSCJ.B. Hunt should be bought at current levels, says RBC Capital
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07:34 EDTCSX, UNP, KSURailroad stocks look attractive, says RBC Capital
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