NEW YORK, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) and American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARII). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Union Pacific Corporation Research Report
Union Pacific hit its 52-week high last week at $136.28 at an average volume of 1.8 million shares over the past 30 days, before declining slightly to $136.02 this week. However Zacks maintained its "neutral" recommendation on the company's stock, citing sluggish economic growth, labor union issues and increased expenditures dampening Union Pacific's diversified business base, favorable pricing gains and high customer satisfaction level. In addition, the mixed Q4 2012 results also affected the rating, with better than expected earnings but lower than expected revenue brought on to by lower coal and agricultural shipments. Nevertheless, Zacks says the company is progressing well on its operating and productivity improvements, with growth fueled by crude oil, chemicals, fracturing sand and automotive shipments, as well as with the recovery in housing. The Full Research Report on Union Pacific Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/7712_UNP]
Kansas City Southern Research Report
Kansas City Southern last month announced a regular quarterly dividend of 26 cents per share on the outstanding company stock, a 10 percent increase sequentially of 20 cents per share, payable on April 3, 2013. The dividend increase is driven by stellar earnings performance and encouraging outlook for the rest of the current year, with a Q4 2012 earnings growth of 19.5% from year-ago results driven by higher freight rates and volumes, according to Zacks. In addition, the company expects incremental sales from the automotive segment. New automotive assembly plants are also expected to open in Mexico in the next 2-3 years to add on to the existing 10 plants, which will give additional carloads to the railroad company. With that, the company claimed that $68 million worth of business is expected to come from the automotive segment through 2015. Meanwhile, The Street rates the railroad company as a "buy," citing performance in revenue, profit margins, stock price, debt, and return on equity. The Full Research Report on Kansas City Southern - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/95d4_KSU]
Norfolk Southern Corp. Research Report
Norfolk Southern announced plans to spend $2 billion in 2013 for capital improvements to its rail transportation network last month to improve its safety and quality, achieve operational efficiency, and place productivity improvements to support business growth. The largest allocation will go to roadway improvements, including the maintenance and replacement of rail, crossties, ballast, and bridges at $831 million. Around $420 million will be spent on new locomotives and repair of existing units, while about $229 million is allocated for train control. The rest will be spent on facilities, terminals, infrastructure improvements, and technology investments. In other news, The Street has reiterated its "buy" rating to the company, citing strengths in valuation levels, cash flow from operations, and profit margins. The Full Research Report on Norfolk Southern Corp. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/fdea_NSC]
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited Research Report
Canadian Pacific Railway is set to move all of its employees from its downtown headquarters at Gulf Canada Square to a new building at the company's Ogden Yard in southeast Calgary by the end of this year, according to Calgary Herald. The new headquarters will be a two-storey, 214,000 sq. ft.-building, with three other smaller buildings on the property housing certain functions such as training and administrative services. About 1,100 employees will be moving to the new office by fall of this year, with final moves completed by the end of 2013. The new complex will cost around $38 million and the company expects to have net savings of $15 million a year as a result of the move. Canadian Pacific announced it was reducing its overall workforce by 4,500 employees/contractors by 2016 in early December last year. In other news, the company declared a dividend of 35 cents per share payable on April 29, 2013. The Full Research Canadian Pacific Railway Limited - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/8c90_CP]
American Railcar Industries, Inc. Research Report
American Railcar posted record numbers in its Q4 2012 financial report, with net earnings set a quarterly record, jumping to $24.4 million or $1.14 per share compared with $5.1 million or 24 cents per share in the prior-year quarter. Total revenue meanwhile grew to $207.7 million, up 6 percent from $196.8 million, the highest quarterly revenue since Q3 of 2008. The increase was attributed to higher revenue in American Railcar's manufacturing and leasing segments. The manufacturing segment's revenue grew 14 percent to $236.5 million, while its leased segment revenue jumped to $5.1 million from $427,000 year over year. For the whole year of 2012, the company shipped about 7,880 railcars, 51 higher than the approximately 5,230 railcars shipped during 2011. In other news, the company announced a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The Full Research Report on American Railcar Industries, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/9963_ARII]
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