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CSX says coal volume likely to continue to decline in 2017
Sees little to no growth for automobile freight in 2017.
Rails remain attractive into year-end, says Citi
Citi analyst Christian Wetherbee says he continues to view railroads as the most attractive sector within Transportation into year-end and early 2017. Rail volumes could flatten and begin to turn modestly positive by the end of 2016, which would likely extend investor rotation into the space, Wetherbee tells investors in a research note. He believes valuations in the rails sector remain attractive and that 2017 estimates are achievable. Wetherbee raised his price target for Canadian Pacific (CP) to $170 from $154, for Canadian National (CNI) to $66 from $61, for CSX (CSX) to $32 from $29, for Kansas City Southern (KSU) to $110 from $109, for Norfolk Southern (NSC) to $97 from $87 and for Union Pacific (UNP) to $106 from $100. He has Buy ratings on Canadian Pacific, CSX, Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific.
CSX upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Follow-up: CSX upgraded on coal turnaround potential at Wolfe Research
As previously reported, Wolfe Research upgraded CSX to Outperform from Peer Perform with a $35 price target. The firm said coal headwinds are moderating and near-term coal upside given higher nat-gas prices, falling coal inventories, and expectations for a cold winter. The bank said CSX has the most turnaround potential and most leverage to improving margins, and is focused on cost reductions.
CSX initiated with a Hold at Vertical Research
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