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- A positive outlook on the railroad sector is issued by Cowen Research after a Q4 survey.
- The investment firm notes that the drop in crude shipments in the sector is being offset by pent-up demand in other commodities and capacity pressure in other transportation modes.
- Railroad stocks: UNP, NSC, CSX, CNI, ARII, GBX, CP, KSU, CNI, WAB, TRN.
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Dec. 8, 2014, 3:20 PM
- Another tough day for railroad stocks as oil prices slide again.
- There's been some brave talk that the railroad sector has already seen the developments in the oil industry factored into share prices, but today's action indicates concerns on crude transport is still a concern.
- Decliners: Canadian Pacific (NYSE:CP) -5.5%, Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) -1.7%, Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) -2.9%, Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) -2.7%, Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) -3.1%, CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) -2.8%, Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) -3.5%, Pioneer Railcorp (OTCPK:PRRR) -4.3%.
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- Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) +3.5% premarket after Bill Ackman said Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP) might be interested in a rival to one-time target CSX.
- While Ackman did not name NSC in his comments yesterday, he appeared to have the company in mind by describing his takeover candidate in relation to CSX, as the two carriers go head-to-head in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.
- “I think something happens,” Ackman said, noting that CP CEO Hunter Harrison believes "pro-competitive" railroad mergers will be permitted by regulators.
Oct. 22, 2014, 5:57 PM
- Railroad stocks were hammered today after some executives threw cold water on the idea that the railroad industry is ripe for consolidation.
- Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) CEO said during today's earnings conference call that he thinks a major merger would be “highly problematic,” since in the past they have led to "significant service problems for some period of time" and potential cost savings such as overlapping routes do not exist as much anymore.
- Yesterday, Canadian Pacific (NYSE:CP) CEO Hunter Harrison confirmed that talks with CSX fell apart after several meetings because they couldn't agree on key issues, and added that a deal with Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is unlikely because the stock is expensive.
- In today's trade: NSC -3%, CP -1.6%, CSX -0.6%, KSU -2.7%, UNP -1.8%, GWR -2.6%, CNI -0.9%, BRK.B -0.9%.
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Oct. 15, 2014, 1:07 PM
- CSX (CSX -2.5%) CEO Michael Ward wasn't taking part in any bubbly speculative talk about railroad mergers during the firm's earnings call this morning.
- The exec says regulators would be very cautious about a large merger due to disruptions in the past after high-profile combinations.
- Earnings call webcast
- Related stocks: UNP, NSC, CNI, ARII, GBX, CP, KSU, CNI.
Oct. 14, 2014, 4:08 PM
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Oct. 14, 2014, 10:58 AM
- Canadian Pacific (CP +0.5%) might consider another takeover candidate in the sector if CSX (CSX +2.9%) remain an elusive target, sources tell Bloomberg.
- The M&A fallout in the sector could see CSX combine with Union Pacific (UNP +1.2%) and Norfolk Southern (NSC +1.6%) look to link up with Canadian Railway (CNI -0.8%), says Avondale Partners.
- Another small-sized target could be Kansas City Southern (KSU +2.4%), notes Wolfe Research. KSU might be of interest to a rail carrier looking to network into Texas and Mexico.
- Previous on railroad M&A: CP-CSX, merger rally.
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:23 AM
- Discussions between Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP) and CSX (NYSE:CSX) about a merger are still possible despite the latter rebuffing an approach from CP, the WSJ reports.
- CP CEO Hunter Harrison believes that a tie-up would help make rail infrastructure more efficient, such as with the handover of goods from one operator to another.
- However, analysts, rivals and shippers fear that any merger would exacerbate congestion delays and increase costs.
- "I think it’s a common belief that now would not be a good time," says a top executive at a major railway company, "because of the regulatory change that would accompany it and the upheaval it would cause the industry."
Oct. 13, 2014, 6:33 PM
- Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP) reportedly approached CSX about a merger, but several analysts say such a deal has virtually no hope of getting a green light from regulators.
- U.S. Surface Transportation Board rules on Class 1 railway mergers have "an arguably impossible hurdle rate," Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry says, which makes the deal a "non-starter.”
- At the least, the agency would want CP and CSX to allow other operators to run over their network, and likely want assurances that the merger would alleviate traffic problems that have snarled railroads, particularly around Chicago.
- CP may have an ace up its sleeve: One of its directors chaired the STB and its predecessor agency during 1995-2002, and would bring important knowledge of the regulatory requirements to any possible deal.
- Despite the unlikelihood of a deal, CSX jumped 5.9% during today's trade; CP shares slipped 2.3%.
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