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January 24, 2014
10:56 EDTCP, KSU, NSC, UNPRailroads sink after Kansas City Southern results miss expectations
Shares of railroad operators are falling after one of the companies in the sector, Kansas City Southern (KSU), reported weaker than expected results earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Kansas City Southern's fourth quarter earnings per share came in at $1.03, well below the consensus estimate of $1.10. The company's revenue was slightly below expectations. Kansas City Southern identified weak coal volumes and challenging weather as the main causes of its miss. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday the NTSB recommended that the government impose stricter regulations on the transportation of crude oil by trains. The agency said it was concerned that accidents involving trains transporting crude oil could cause "major loss of life, property damage and environmental consequences." Also yesterday, another railroad operator, Union Pacific (UNP), reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results. The company noted that its overall freight volume had increased 7% last quarter, driven by core pricing gains. Union Pacific did, however, report that its coal revenue had dropped 1% in the fourth quarter, compared with the same period in 2012. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Kansas City Southern tumbled 14.7% to $100, Union Pacific lost 0.7% to $173, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropped 2.5% to $91.30, and Canadian Pacific (CP) declined 2.4% to $144.50.
News For KSU;UNP;NSC;CP From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
12:11 EDTNSC, UNP, CPRailroad sector downgraded to Market Underperform at Avondale
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09:17 EDTKSUKansas City Southern price target lowered to $120 from $128 at Stephens
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March 27, 2015
12:00 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern launches $53M energy innovation project at Juniata
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March 26, 2015
10:04 EDTNSC, UNPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded at Cowen
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09:20 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research
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09:18 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research
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07:32 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Norfolk Southern to Market Perform due to valuation.
06:28 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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March 25, 2015
13:26 EDTKSUKansas City Southern management to meet with Stephens
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March 24, 2015
09:01 EDTNSCStephens to hold an investor trip
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06:12 EDTKSUKansas City Southern could trade down to $100 in near-term, says Citigroup
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March 23, 2015
16:20 EDTNSC, KSU, UNPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the session until a sharp selloff in the closing minutes. For most of the day the averages moved in a narrow range, as the Dow broke its streak of consecutive days with triple digit moves. Like stocks, the oil markets had a quiet session that stood out amid the recent volatility in crude prices. A late day drop prevented the major stock indexes from adding to the big gains they'd notched on Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's national activity index fell to -0.11 in February, below expectations for a reading of 0.10. Existing home sales rose 1.2% to a 4.88M rate in February, which was below the consensus forecast for them to grow 2% to a 4.92M unit rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) declined $9.21, or 7.96%, to $106.48 after the railroad operator lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance to reflect slower year-to-date carload growth primarily from the energy sector, along with a continued deterioration in the value of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharge revenues driven by lower WTI prices. The revenue warning appeared to weigh on others in the rail industry as well, with Union Pacific (UNP) falling $4.67, or 3.98%, to $112.78, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropping $3.87, or 3.5%, to $106.56 and Canadian National (CNI) sliding $1.13, or 1.65%, to $67.24. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ImmunoGen (IMGN), which gained $1.25, or 16.8%, to $8.69 after Takeda (TKPYY) licensed rights to use the company's antibody drug conjugate technology. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rose $2.45, or 4.94%, to $52.07 after agreeing to combine its short-stay surgery and imaging center assets into a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will initially own 50.1% of the joint venture and will consolidate its financial results and will have a path to full ownership of USPI over the next five years through a put/call structure, the company noted. Among the noteworthy losers was MEI Pharma (MEIP), which plunged $4.37, or 69.37%, to $1.93 and was downgraded by at least four Wall Street research firms after the combination of Pracinostat and azacitidine showed no difference in the rate of complete remission, the primary endpoint of a Phase II study, compared to azacitidine alone. Also lower were shares of Vertex (VRTX), which fell $5.21, or 3.98%, to $125.79 after reporting data from a study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in cystic fibrosis that JPMorgan said was generally below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.61, or 0.06%, to 18,116.04, the Nasdaq lost 15.44, or 0.31%, to 5,010.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 3.68, or 0.17%, to 2,104.42.
13:13 EDTKSU, NSC, UNPRailroad operators trade lower after Kansas City Southern reduces FY15 guidance
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12:17 EDTNSC, KSU, UNPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:08 EDTCPHigh option volume stocks
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08:23 EDTKSUKansas City Southern down 4.15% in pre-market trading
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08:14 EDTKSUKansas City Southern sees Q1 adjusted EPS flat to slightly higher
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08:12 EDTKSUKansas City Southern reduces FY15 revenue guidance to low single-digit growth
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March 20, 2015
07:10 EDTUNPUnion Pacific weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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