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    Earnings Report

    Will CSX’s 4Q16 Operating Margin Exceed Analysts’ Estimates?

    For CSX Corporation (CSX), Reuters-surveyed analysts estimate an operating margin of 30.5% for 4Q16, compared to an operating margin of 28.4% in 4Q15.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Kocherlakota said the FOMC could have done more for labor markets

    In evaluating the FOMC’s performance over the past three years, Kocherlakota mentioned that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Earnings Report

    Why Norfolk Southern’s 3Q17 Operating Margins Took the High Track

    In 3Q17, Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) operating margin expanded 160 basis points to 34.1%, up from 32.5% in 3Q16.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Genesee & Wyoming Fare So Poorly in Its Peer Group?

    On March 8, 2016, Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) market capitalization was ~$3.5 billion. The railroad industry had a bad 2015, and GWR was not immune.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    How Do Analysts View CSX after Its 3Q16 Results?

    CSX’s heavy investment in its intermodal business and network improvement will most likely show results in 1H17.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    This Railroad Led in First-Quarter Intermodal Revenue Growth

    Norfolk Southern (NSC), an Eastern US railroad, reported the highest intermodal revenue growth of 19% YoY among its peers in the first quarter.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///JBHT Debt
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why JBHT’s Balance Sheet is Cleaner than the Railroads’

    J.B. Hunt (JBHT) predominantly uses debt for the purchase of revenue equipment. Usually, a truck is replaced in four years. However, the company didn’t replace trucks purchased from 1998–2000.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes Rise?

    Norfolk Southern’s intermodal volumes Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 6.9% in the week ended January 28, 2017. Volumes in the reported week reached above 76,000 containers and trailers, compared with nearly 72,000 in the week ended January 30, 2016. NSC’s container traffic rose 6%, from ~65,000 units in the week ended January 30, […]

    By Samuel Prince
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    Energy & Utilities

    Inside Norfolk Southern’s Railcar Traffic Mix in Week 7

    Norfolk Southern’s intermodal volumes were up 8.3% in the seventh week of 2018.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Fast Did CP’s Domestic Intermodal Volume Fall?

    For the week ended March 12, 2016, Canadian Pacific (CP) reported a nearly 12% fall in domestic intermodal volume to 8,382 units.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    Intermodal Volumes Boosted CNI’s Rail Traffic Growth in Week 36

    Out of all class I railroads, Canadian National Railway was the only to report a YoY carload volume decline in week 36.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is NSC’s Intermodal Volume Growth Keeping Pace with Peers?

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 2.4% in the week ended March 11, 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Industrials

    Why Did Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes Rise in the Week?

    Norfolk Southern’s intermodal traffic rose slightly for the week ended August 20, 2016. Volumes in the reported week were nearly 77,000 containers and trailers.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Carloads
    Energy & Utilities

    How Norfolk Southern’s Shipments Trended in Week 9

    In the week ended March 3, 2018, Norfolk Southern saw a ~2% fall in carload traffic. It hauled ~67,700 carloads in the week.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Industrials

    Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes in Focus

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose slightly by 2.9% in the week ended August 27, 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes Slumped in the First Week of 2017

    NSC’s total intermodal traffic fell 13.4% in the first week of 2017. Volumes reached ~60,000 containers and trailers, as compared to ~70,000 one year ago.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Norfolk Southern: Chasing Its Intermodal Volumes in Week 13 of 2017

    NSC’s rise in trailer volumes appears to mark the end of its hardship due to its restructuring of TCS (Triple Crown Services), its underperforming subsidiary.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    Norfolk Southern: The Top in Week 41 Intermodal Traffic Growth

    Eastern US rail carrier Norfolk Southern (NSC) registered a 3.1% YoY (year-over-year) slump in carload traffic.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Diversified Gold Exposure with the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF

    The rationale behind choosing the passively managed approach is evident in the genesis of GDX, which launched in 2006 as the first gold miners ETF offered in the U.S.

    By VanEck
  • uploads///CSX Valuation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Is CSX Valued by the Market ahead of 3Q16?

    CSX’s current forward PE multiple is 16.2x. The peer group’s forward PE multiple is 17.6x. This translates to a discount of 8%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Why Analysts Reduced 2016 Revenue Estimates for Delta Air Lines

    For 1Q16, analysts are estimating Delta Air Lines (DAL) revenues to decline by ~1.5% YoY (year-over-year) to about $9.3 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How to Make Sense of Manufacturing PMI as an Economic Indicator

    Although manufacturing accounts for just 16% of global GDP, manufacturing activity remains a key leading indicator for cues about the health of the economy.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Uptrend in Norfolk’s Rail Traffic Continued in Week 52

    Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported an 11% YoY increase in its rail traffic volumes in Week 52 driven primarily by robust growth in carloads and intermodal units.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Norfolk Southern’s Rail Traffic Grew in Week 47

    Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported 4.4% YoY growth in its rail traffic volume in week 47. The company hauled 134,716 total cars.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Norfolk Southern’s Carload Traffic Plunged over 6% in Week 46

    Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported a 2.2% YoY fall in its rail traffic volume in week 46.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Industrials

    Comparing Norfolk Southern’s Traffic to the Industry’s in Week 42

    Eastern US railroad company Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported a 3.3% YoY (year-over-year) fall in its carload traffic in Week 42.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    UPS: What Led Its Supply Chain and Freight Growth in Q3 2018?

    United Parcel Service’s (UPS) Supply Chain & Freight vertical accounts for ~20% of its total revenues.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///JBHT Truckload
    Earnings Report

    J.B. Hunt: Truckload Segment’s Third-Quarter Revenues

    The Truck segment’s revenues expanded 14% in the third quarter to $106.0 million from $93.0 million in the third quarter of 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    Carloads Pulled Down Norfolk Southern’s Traffic Growth in Week 39

    In week 39, Norfolk Southern recorded a 1.9% YoY (year-over-year) fall in carload traffic.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    How Railroads’ Free Cash Flow Stacks Up

    Free cash flow (or FCF) is an important metric in the railroad (FXR) industry.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing GE Transportation’s India Order

    General Electric (GE) Transportation made a key announcement at Berlin’s InnoTrans 2018 International Trade Fair on September 19.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Trinity Industries to Unlock Value in Arcosa, Board Okays Separation

    Trinity Industries (TRN) is a major rail transportation solution provider in the United States. On September 25, the company announced that its board has approved the separation of its infrastructure-related businesses.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Ryder
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ryder System Consolidates Position with New Maintenance Facility

    On September 20, Ryder System announced the opening of a new full-service maintenance facility in Reading, Pennsylvania.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Unfolding Genesee & Wyoming’s Europe Traffic Slump in August

    In August, Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) rail traffic in Europe reported a 1.8% year-over-year decline.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Inside FedEx Express’s First-Quarter Revenue Growth

    The FedEx Express segment accounts for the lion’s share in the company’s total revenue.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Load factor
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southwest Airlines’ Utilization Declined in August

    In August, Southwest Airlines’ (LUV) utilization declined 0.6% YoY (year-over-year) to 84.3% as traffic growth lagged capacity growth.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southwest Airlines’ Capacity: Growth Slower Than Guidance

    In August, Southwest Airlines’ (LUV) capacity increased 2% YoY (year-over-year) after recording growth of 3.2% in July.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///GWR Euro
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Genesee & Wyoming’s UK-European Rail Traffic Slumped in July

    Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) UK-European total railcar volumes declined 1% YoY (year-over-year) in July.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    Why Genesee & Wyoming’s European Shipments Slid in June

    In June, Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) UK and European rail traffic volumes slumped 14.6% YoY (year-over-year).

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding C.H. Robinson’s Global Forwarding Business

    C.H. Robinson Worldwide’s (CHRW) Global Forwarding business provides ocean and air freight services and customs brokerage through its contracts with independent agents and its global network of offices.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    How Is FedEx Progressing in the TNT Express Integration?

    FedEx (FDX) expects TNT Express integration expenses to be ~$450.0 million for fiscal 2019.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    What’s behind FedEx Express’s Revenue Growth?

    In this article, we’ll consider FedEx’s (FDX) Express segment’s performance in the fourth quarter.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///XPO ANR
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Analysts’ Views on XPO Logistics and Its Peers

    In this article, we’ll look at analysts’ recommendations for XPO Logistics (XPO).

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why US Manufacturing Activity Fell in March

    The manufacturing sector continues to expand despite the minor drop recorded in March.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are the Reasons behind Improved Projections for US GDP?

    Policy changes announced in the last six months may have led to the increased projection for economic growth.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Energy & Utilities

    Canadian National Railway: Commodities that Pulled Down Carloads in Week 7

    CNI noted an 8.0% gain in intermodal volumes in the seventh week of 2018.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Genesee & Wyoming’s Carloads in January

    In January 2018, Genesee & Wyoming’s (GWR) combined carloads from all of the reporting segments fell 0.6%—compared to January 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove the ISM New Orders Index to a 13-Year High?

    The ISM publishes a monthly manufacturing report on changes in new orders, supplier deliveries, inventories, production, and employment.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Industrials

    What’s Driving JetBlue Airways?

    JetBlue Airways’ (JBLU) operating revenue grew 3% and 5% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Earnings Report

    Could Norfolk Southern Deliver on Operating Margins in 4Q17?

    Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the company to report an operating margin of 31.4% in 4Q17.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Institute of Supply Management’s New Orders Index

    The Institute of Supply Management’s New Orders Index The ISM’s (Institute of Supply Management) New Orders Index is a monthly report on changes in new orders, supplier deliveries, inventories, production, and employment. New orders are a measure of future activity in any industry (VIS), as companies’ production depends on incoming orders. The ISM’s New Orders […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Industrials

    The Effects of Flat Manufacturing Production Hours

    The average work week The US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ establishment survey includes data on the number of hours worked by manufacturing employees. Changes in the number of working hours help investors assess the health of the sector. A rise in the number of working hours signals that companies are projecting higher demand in the manufacturing sector […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Spirit Airlines to Continue Aggressive Expansion in 2018

    Spirit Airlines’ (SAVE) capacity is expected to increase 17.5% YoY in the fourth quarter of 2017, leading to a 2017 capacity growth of about 16.5%.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why FedEx Freight’s Revenues Grew in Fiscal 2Q18

    FedEx (FDX) Freight’s fiscal 2Q18 revenues rose 10.3% to ~$1.8 billion in fiscal 2Q18 from $1.6 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Strength of the Manufacturing Sector: Purchasing Managers’ Index

    This has been one of the best years since 2004 for manufacturing activity, viewed through the Purchasing Managers’ Index (or PMI).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Earnings Report

    Alaska Air’s 3Q17 Performance: Short-Term Challenges Come to Light

    ALK’s 3Q17 net income fell 3.9% YoY to $266.0 million, leading to earnings per share (or EPS) of $2.24 and missing analysts’ estimates of $2.26 per share.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Caused the Fall in Manufacturing Activity in October?

    The US Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) for the month of October fell to 58.7, compared with 60.8 in September.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    Behind Genesee & Wyoming’s Rising North American Revenues in 3Q17

    Genesee & Wyoming’s North American revenues contribute ~55.0% of its overall operating revenues. In 3Q17, North American revenues totaled $318.9 million.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What the Fall in Manufacturing Production Hours Means

    According to the latest data, in September 2017, the average working hours for production workers decreased from 42.0 in August to 41.8 in September.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Earnings Report

    Could Delta Air Lines Pay Huge Tariffs on Bombardier Jets?

    In December 2016, Delta Air Lines (DAL) placed an order for 75 CS100 Bombardier jets. This huge order was the first for these jets and a huge relief for Bombardier.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Will CSX Manage to Beat Analysts’ Earnings Estimate in 3Q17?

    On a sequential basis, CSX’s adjusted EPS is expected to fall 12% in 3Q17.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Will the TNT Cyberattacks Impact FedEx’s Planned Capital Expenditure?

    In fiscal 1Q18, FedEx’s (FDX) incurred $1.04 billion in capital expenditure or capex, representing 6.8% of that quarter’s total revenues of $15.3 billion.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Load factor
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Spirit Airlines’ Utilization Fell for an 11th Consecutive Month

    After five months of improvement in capacity utilization, Spirit Airlines (SAVE) is back to its old ways. The carrier’s capacity growth has outpaced traffic growth…

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Express
    Earnings Report

    What Hamstrung FedEx Express’s Revenue Growth?

    In fiscal 1Q18, FedEx’s (FDX) Express segment’s overall revenues totaled $8.6 billion, compared with $8.5 billion in fiscal 1Q17.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Industrials

    What Workers’ Average Weekly Hours Say about Manufacturing

    Manufacturing activity continues to remain robust Activity in the manufacturing sector (FXR) continues to remain impressive and promising. The best way to measure the health of this sector is by observing changes in manufacturing employees’ number of working hours. This data is released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics every month, after its establishment […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at the Conference Board Leading Economic Index in July

    The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI) is one of three composite business cycle indicators released by the Conference Board. In this series, we’ll analyze each component of the LEI and its implications for different sectors.

    By Ricky Cove
  • uploads///GWR ANR
    Earnings Report

    Why Wall Street Has a ‘Buy’ Mandate for Genesee & Wyoming

    There are 12 analysts covering Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) stock. Of those, five analysts (or 42.0%) have a “strong buy” opinion on the stock.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Basic Materials

    Genesee & Wyoming’s North American Revenues in 2Q17

    In 2Q17, GWR’s North American revenues were $315.7 million, a 3.6% rise from $304.6 million in the same quarter last year.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Revenue
    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts Estimating for Spirit Airlines in 2017?

    For 3Q17, Spirit Airlines’ (SAVE) sales are expected to rise 21.7% year-over-year (or YoY) to $756.4 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why Should Investors Pay Attention to Spirit Airlines’ Leverage?

    Spirit Airlines (SAVE) had no debt until 4Q14. Debt rose to $646 million at the end of 2015 and $981.7 million at the end of 2016.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    How Flight Cancellations Affected Spirit Airlines’ Margins in 2Q17

    For 2Q17, Spirit Airlines’ adjusted operating profit improved 8.9% year-over-year (or YoY) to $132.7 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    How Pilot Strike Affected Spirit Airlines in 2Q17

    In early May, Spirit Airlines (SAVE) ended up canceling more than 300 flights due to the pilot strike.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Leverage
    Earnings Report

    Southwest Airlines Is Reducing Leverage: What That Means

    Southwest Airlines’ (LUV) debt level has remained almost constant for nearly three years at an average of $3.0 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///CSX Merchandise
    Earnings Report

    Why CSX’s Merchandise Segment Revenues Slid in 2Q17

    CSX’s (CSX) Merchandise segment revenues expanded 1% to $1.8 billion in 2Q17.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from JetBlue’s Revenue Growth

    JetBlue Airways’ (JBLU) revenue fell almost 0.7% year-over-year (or YoY) in the first quarter.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Valuation
    Earnings Report

    How Delta’s Valuation Multiple Stacks Up Compared to Peers

    Delta Air Lines (DAL) is currently valued at 5.8x its forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Margin
    Earnings Report

    Will Delta’s Margin Expansion Continue?

    Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) cost per available seat mile excluding fuel and including profit sharing (or CASM-ex) rose 7.3% year-over-year (or YoY).

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Miscellaneous

    Inside Norfolk Southern Trailers and Containers in Week 27

    NSC overall intermodal volumes declined 0.3% YoY in the week ended July 8, 2017, moving over 64,000 containers and trailers for the period.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Understanding CSX’s Valuation among Peers ahead of Its 2Q17 Results

    On July 5, 2017, CSX’s (CSX) stock reached a 52-week high of $55.3 per share.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///CSX EPS
    Earnings Report

    Can CSX Beat Analysts’ EPS Estimates in 2Q17?

    The analysts surveyed by Reuters estimate that CSX (CSX) will see EPS of $0.6 in 2Q17. On a YoY basis, this would mean a 35% rise.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    What Happened to Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Traffic in Week 26?

    In the 26th week of 2017, Norfolk Southern (NSC) saw its overall intermodal volumes expressed containers and trailers grow 8.9%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    What Delta Air Lines’ Debt Position Means for Investors

    During 1Q17, Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) debt rose by ~$2 billion at a blended interest rate of just 3.3%.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Will Lyft Partnership Boost Delta’s Revenue Growth?

    In another innovative effort, Delta Air Lines (DAL) has partnered with Lyft.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Revenue
    Earnings Report

    Unit Revenue Growth Finally Looking Up for Delta

    Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) revenue is expected to rise 3.0% year-over-year (or YoY) to $10.8 billion in 2Q17.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Miscellaneous

    Comparing Norfolk’s Intermodal Volumes with the Industry’s

    In the week ended June 24, 2017, Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported a 3.8% rise in its overall intermodal volumes.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    Inside SAIA’s LTL Operating Metrics during 2Q17

    SAIA reported an 8.4% rise in LTL shipments per workday in May 2017. The company’s LTL tonnage per workday also rose 7.5% compared to May 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Miscellaneous

    Behind Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Volumes in Week 24

    Norfolk Southern’s overall intermodal traffic rose 6.8% in the week ended June 17, 2017. The company’s intermodal volumes reached ~80,000 containers and trailers.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Understanding FedEx’s Fiscal 2018 Capital Expenditure

    Earlier, we discussed FedEx’s (FDX) segmental and corporate operating margins in fiscal 4Q17. Now, let’s take a look at the company’s capital expenditure (capex).

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Improved Yield Led Growth in FedEx’s Fiscal 4Q17 Freight Revenue

    In this article, we’ll study the company’s Freight segment’s fiscal 4Q17. The segment’s revenue rose 5.7% to $1.7 billion in the quarter, compared to $1.6 billion in fiscal 4Q16.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Higher Package Yield Drove FedEx’s Express Segment’s Revenue

    In fiscal 4Q17, FedEx’s (FDX) Express segment’s total revenue was $7.1 billion, compared to $6.7 billion in fiscal 4Q16, a year-over-year (or YoY) rise of 6.9%.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Miscellaneous

    Norfolk Southern: Rise in Trailers Led Intermodal Growth in Week 23

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 5.3% in the week ended June 10, 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Spirit Airlines’ Passenger Demand Sufficient to Fill Its Additional Capacity?

    Spirit Airlines’ (SAVE) traffic grew 6.6% YoY (year-over-year) in May 2017—much slower than its 9.0% YoY capacity growth for the same month.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Spirit Airlines’ Capacity Is Growing the Fastest among Peers

    In May 2017, Spirit Airlines’ (SAVE) capacity grew 9.0% YoY, which was slower than its 12.9% YoY growth in April 2017.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is American Airlines Keeping up with Its Capacity Growth?

    For May 2017, American Airlines’ (AAL) traffic grew 2.6% YoY (year-over-year), which was slightly higher than its capacity growth of 2.6% YoY.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is United Continental Handling Its Customer Service Fiasco?

    United Continental (UAL) has lately been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is United Continental’s Increased Capacity Growth Plan Affecting the Industry?

    Airlines’ history of destroying capital has made investors wary of the industry.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Miscellaneous

    How Norfolk’s Intermodal Volumes Compared to CSX’s in Week 19

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 8% in the week ended May 13, 2017. Its volumes reached ~72,000 containers.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    Norfolk Southern: Inside Its Intermodal Growth in Week 18

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 4.3% in the week ended May 6, 2017. Its volumes reached ~78,000 containers.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    Comparing Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Traffic with CSX’s

    Norfolk Southern’s intermodal traffic Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose 6.5% in the week ended April 29, 2017. Its volumes reached ~78,000 containers. Norfolk’s container traffic rose 5.6%, and its trailer traffic rose 15.6% YoY (year-over-year) to nearly 6,900 units, compared with 5,900 units in the week ended April 30, 2016. Since the beginning of […]

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///NSC Intermodal
    Miscellaneous

    Behind Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Traffic Rise in Week 16

    Norfolk Southern’s (NSC) total intermodal traffic rose a marginal 1.2% in the week ended April 22, 2017. Its volumes reached more than 74,000 containers.

    By Samuel Prince
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