- CSX -0.3% AH after reporting slightly better than expected Q2 earnings on record quarterly revenue, rising 6.5% Y/Y to $3.24B, as total volume rose 7.5% while average revenue per unit slipped 1%.
- CSX affirms its 2014 outlook for modest earnings and expects double-digit earnings growth and margin expansion to resume next year, citing a positive economic environment and growth trends in the intermodal and oil and gas markets.
- Raises its 2014 spending plan by $100M to $2.4B to support sustainable growth.
- Coal volume rose 6.5% on higher shipments of domestic coal attributable to marketplace gains and utilities replenishing stockpiles.
- The results may help ease concerns that the U.S. economy’s Q1 contraction showed weakness beyond winter-weather disruptions; analysts also project Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) and Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) to announce sales records.