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CSX (CSX) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

CSX (CSX) closed at $37.09 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.9% move from the prior day.

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CSX (CSX) closed at $37.09 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.9% move from the prior day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 2.07% gain on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 1.4%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.49%.

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Coming into today, shares of the freight railroad had gained 3.64% in the past month. In that same time, the Transportation sector lost 3.19%, while the S&P 500 lost 2.08%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CSX as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect CSX to post earnings of $0.42 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 20%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $3.35 billion, up 18.66% from the year-ago period.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $1.56 per share and revenue of $12.43 billion. These totals would mark changes of +27.87% and +17.44%, respectively, from last year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for CSX should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. CSX is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that CSX has a Forward P/E ratio of 23.56 right now. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 24.23.

Also, we should mention that CSX has a PEG ratio of 1.97. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. The Transportation - Rail was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.22 at yesterday's closing price.

The Transportation - Rail industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 235, putting it in the bottom 8% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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