CSX Corp

  • The Mitchell Effect

    By Mark Morelli - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, EEP, HAL, NUE

    One of the world's greatest innovators died recently. No, he wasn't from the high tech industry. He didn't invent the latest iDevice. George Mitchell, the founder of the former Mitchell Energy and Development Corp., was widely credited with the pioneering work that combined horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Eagle Ford shale rock formation in Texas. He was 94.

    His methods led to the unlocking of more »

  • Where to Invest When Oil Prices Decline?

    By Robinson Roacho - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, DAL, FDX

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect FedEx's air fleet.

    n a recent Forbes article, Bill Conerly claims that the price for oil may decline by as much as $20 per barrel. I am not sure if it will happen, but there are several conditions that may push prices lower:

    Due to current high oil prices, the total number of rigs has more than doubled since the more »

  • The Single Biggest Risk Facing Railroads Today

    By Ted Cooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, NSC

    Coal is the single most important commodity to the U.S. railroad industry. It accounts for nearly one-quarter of revenue among U.S. railroads, more than any other single product.

    Unfortunately, coal is in a secular decline. It now accounts for about 38% of electricity generation in the U.S., down from nearly 50% just six years ago. New discoveries and the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing to economically produce more »

  • Why Everyone Needs to Relax About Coal

    By Will Chavey - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, CNX, CSX, BTU

    A few days ago, Fool analyst Michael Olson added CSX (NYSE: CSX), a freight railroad company that dominates the east coast, to his real-money portfolio. Of course, that recommendation hinges in large part on the continued success of coal, which currently accounts for approximately 40% of U.S. energy. Despite a near-consensus bear attitude toward coal, reasons for optimism remains.

    Coal prices might go up—but not too much

    As more »

  • 6 Reasons to Invest in This Railroad

    By William Bias - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, KSU, NSC, UNP

    When investing in a publicly traded business you want that company to maintain its ability to generate and grow free cash flow over the long term. Western railroader Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) possesses the qualities to make that happen.

    Barriers to entry

    If new competitors want to enter the railroad arena they would need to spend billions of dollars to build infrastructure such as rail bridges and tunnels, not to more »

  • This Transportation Business Is a Good Pick Now

    By Anh HOANG - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    Recently, Fool contributor Michael Olsen picked CSX (NYSE: CSX) for his Real Money portfolio. In the past five years, CSX has had sluggish performance, gaining only 19.77%, much lower than the S&P 500’s return of more than 37%. Joel Greenblatt and Ken Fisher initiated long positions in the company in the first quarter, while Ray Dalio and Bill Gates sold out their positions. Should we invest in more »

  • Should You Make a Bakken Oil Play With the Railroad Companies?

    By Paul Sangrey - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, CSX, KSU, NSC, UNP

    The Bakken play produces vast amounts of gas and oil that need to be transported, either by pipeline or railroad. Thus, as gas production expands, railroads can take advantage of the increased demand for their services. But at the same time, it causes people to use less coal, and hence, less of that needs to be shipped. As these countervailing forces  play tug-of-war, the railroads' profitability -- and hence,  the potential more »

  • 2 Reasons Why Railroads Still Look Attractive

    By Varun Chandan - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    On Tuesday, railroad company Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) posted weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as weak demand for coal hurt its top line. Indeed, that sharp decline in demand has also been a concern for other railroad companies such as CSX (NYSE: CSX) and Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP), which reported quarterly results last week. However, railroad stocks still look attractive for two major reasons; improving auto sales and production, and rising crude more »

  • Coal Power Generation to Increase Railroad Earnings

    By Hussain Asghar - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    An improvement in several economic indicators over the past two months suggests that the US economy is back on track. The improvement in almost all economic indicators in the previous month spurred my interest in the transportation sector, a segment heavily dependent on economic activity.

    Among the various modes of transportation available, I would focus on the cheapest mode available to the consumers: railroad transportation. The recent warning signs to more »

  • Are These Railroads Good For Your Portfolio?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, KSU, UNP

    One of the best gauges of the economic situation is the railroad industry. If the economy slows down, railroads carry fewer products, and vice versa. Railroads have been on the rise since the depth of the crisis. As the economy improved, the stocks went up. For example, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is up more than 770% from 2009 lows. CSX (NYSE: CSX) and Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) have made more »

  • Sunny Days Still Ahead For Major Rail Firms

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    American rail firms have consistently been increasing revenue, and growth looks to continue long into the future. This is largely because rail is a much cheaper way to transport when compared to trucks. Even though rail delivery is usually slower than that of trucks, the savings are hard for businesses to ignore. 

    As the U.S. economy continues to grow, so will the profits at these large-cap firms. And even more »

  • Surging Profits at This Company Bode Well for Investors

    By Ted Cooper - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, UNP

    Warren Buffett made a fortune investing in great businesses that were unlikely to fall from glory, but that is not the only way to make money in the market. Another way to make money, perhaps even more intuitive than Buffett's method, is to buy companies that are struggling at the moment, but have enormous potential upside in the event that they turn operations around.

    Such was the opportunity in more »

  • This Railroad Company Is Chugging Along Nicely

    By Daniel James - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, KSU, NSC

    With highways getting increasingly congested worldwide, especially in terms of freight transport, the good old railroad network appears to be becoming an increasingly attractive option to move goods around once again. Some of the companies in the industry are doing a good job of growing earnings as a result of this increased volume. With a fairly low valuation, a nice dividend yield and strong earnings, CSX (NYSE: CSX) in particular more »

  • 3 Canadian Rail Companies to Have on Your Radar

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CNR, CP, CSX

    With Canadian rail firms outperforming their United States counterparts in recent quarters, it's easy to see why many American investors are looking north to invest their money. While Canadian National Railway (TSX: CNR) and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX: CP) dominate the northern rail lines, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) also has a stake in Canadian freight deliveries.

    Canadian deliveries have been steadily increasing in Canada due to strong demand in more »

  • Is Union Pacific the Best Railroad Stock?

    By Bob Ciura - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CP, CSX, UNP

    Railroads are an industry looked favorably upon by many investors, including Warren Buffett. He’s perhaps the most famous investor in the world, and he acted on his fondness for railroads by purchasing Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in a $34 billion deal in 2009.

    There’s good reason to love railroads. They’re seen as major economic bellwethers for the variety of industrial goods they transport. In essence, as the more »

  • Energy Producers Are off the Hook

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, RDS-A, TRP

    A recent report issued by Organizational Studies suggests that global warming isn’t really an issue. Fewer than half of the geoscientists and engineers who participated in a survey maintain that global warming is a man-made phenomenon.

    What’s more is that the lion’s share of survey participants blame the earth’s warming on natural causes, suggesting that global warming isn’t posing a serious threat. And according to more »

  • Three Stocks to Consider in the Railroad Business

    By Damian Illia - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, NSC

    With rumors of a possible Berkshire-owned BNSF Railway expansion, let's look at other major railroad companies with potential for future partnerships. BNSF operates in the western US. So, we'll look at one company in Canada, and two East Coast leaders. The rail companies are: Canadian National Railway (NYSE: CNI), CSX (NYSE: CSX), and Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC).

    International market

    Canadian National maintains a small economic moat because it more »

  • Why These Rail Companies Offer a Rewarding Ride

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, UNP

    So far this year railroad companies are performing better than in 2012. This is because of increased demand for natural resources like oil, gas, coal and lumber in the U.S. and Canada. The railroad companies are expanding their rail networks in these regions to capitalize on the new glut of potential resources, providing more efficient and better connectivity. Here are three railroad companies looking to increase their revenue from more »

  • All Aboard the Rails in Search of Black Gold?

    By Ryan Guenette - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, CP, CSX, KSU, UNP

    The United States is pumping out more crude oil than the country’s pipelines can carry. The risk associated with oil drilling in the United States has disappeared, as a result of innovative technologies such as hydraulic fracking. The days of U.S. oil companies scouring the world for pools of reachable crude oil are over. Equipped with technologies such as fracking, the US oil industry has flourished and volumes more »

  • How Can You Profit If the EPA Gets Tough on Coal?

    By Mark Morelli - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, HAL, OKS

    President Obama recently announced that he is directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create regulations that would limit the amount of hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere from coal-fired electricity generating plants.

    At first glance you would think that the move would be detrimental for the coal industry in particular, the utility sector and possibly the overall economy. It has the potential to reduce coal mining employment, raise electricity more »

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