Transportation Stocks: 6 Railroad Stocks To Watch

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 |  Includes: CNI, CP, CSX, NSC, UNP, WAB
by: StockPandit

The next four weeks are a busy earnings season, with many quarterly earnings releases scheduled and a bunch of stocks to watch. In this article, I will focus on Railroad stocks with earnings due in upcoming weeks. These stocks were selected based on popularity, volume and, more importantly, significant price changes expected due to earnings results and forecasts.

This article provides earnings previews on several stocks to consider in anticipation of their earnings reports. Use this list as a potential starting point for your analysis.

CSX Corporation (CSX): April 18, 2012

CSX Corporation , together with its subsidiaries, is a transportation supplier. The Company provides rail-based transportation services, including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. The company's operating subsidiary, CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT), provides a link to the transportation supply chain through its approximately 21,000 route mile rail network, which serves centers in 23 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, and Quebec.

CSX has a market cap of $23.07 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 18, 2012, before the market open. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $2.93 billion compared with $2.81 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 38 cents from 35 cents in the year-ago period. CSX is currently trading around $21.92 with a 52-week range of $17.69 to $27.06.

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP): April 19, 2012

Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) owns transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, links 23 states in the western 66% of the country. Union Pacific Railroad Company's business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, energy, industrial products and intermodal.

Union Pacific Corporation has a market cap of $51.87 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 19, 2012, before the market open. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $4.98 billion compared with $4.49 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.63 from $1.29 in the year-ago period. Union Pacific Corporation is currently trading around $108.04 with a 52-week range of $77.73 to $117.40.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (CP): April 20, 2012

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited's 14,800-mile network extends from the Port Metro Vancouver on Canada's Pacific Coast to the Port of Montreal in eastern Canada, and to the United industrial centers of Chicago; Detroit, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; New York City, and Buffalo, New York; Kansas City, Missouri, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its network consists of four primary corridors: Western, Eastern, Central and the Northeast the United States.

Canadian Pacific has a market cap of $12.97 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 20, 2012, before the market open. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $1.31 billion compared with $1.11 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 76 cents from 19 cents in the year-ago period. Canadian Pacific is currently trading around $75.92 with a 52-week range of $44.74 to $79.91.

Canadian National Railway (CNI): April 23, 2012

Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is engaged in the rail and related transportation business. CN manages its rail operations in Canada and the United States. CN's network of approximately 20,000 route miles spans Canada and mid-America, connecting three coasts: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.

Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $34.79 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 23, 2012, before market open. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $2.27 billion compared with $2.08 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.02 from 90 cents in the year-ago period. Canadian National Railway is currently trading around $78.72 with a 52-week range of $61.82 to $81.30.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (WAB): April 24, 2012

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec), doing business as Wabtec Corporation, is a providers of value-added, technology-based equipment and services for the global rail industry. It provides its products and services through two business segments: the Freight Group and the Transit Group, both of which have different market characteristics and business drivers.

Wabtec has a market cap of $3.69 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 24, 2012, before the market open. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $534.94 million compared with $455.26 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.1 from 85 cents in the year-ago period. Wabtec is currently trading around $76.82 with a 52-week range of $49.38 to $79.08.

Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC): April 24, 2012

Norfolk Southern Corporation (Norfolk Southern) is a Virginia-based company that controls a railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. Norfolk Southern Railway Company is primarily engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East, and Midwest and, via interchange with rail carriers, to and from the rest of the United States.

Norfolk Southern has a market cap of $23.41 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 24, 2012, after the market close. First-quarter revenue is expected to be $2.75 billion compared with $2.62 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.12 from $1 in the year-ago period. Norfolk Southern is currently trading around $67.44 with a 52-week range of $57.57 to $78.50.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and investors site.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in CNICP, CSX, NSC, UNP, WAB over the next 72 hours.

Disclaimer: I am not a registered investment advisor and do not provide specific investment advice. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as a solicitation to purchase or sell securities. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. It is up to the investors to make the correct decision after necessary research.