Equities analysts predict that CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) will announce sales of $2.91 billion for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for CSX Corporation’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $3.07 billion and the lowest estimate coming in at $2.84 billion. CSX Corporation posted sales of $3.04 billion in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 4.3%. The firm is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, January 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that CSX Corporation will report full-year sales of $2.91 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $11.33 billion to $11.61 billion. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report sales of $11.79 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $11.54 billion to $12.11 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for CSX Corporation.

CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The transportation company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51. The business had revenue of $2.74 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.77 billion. CSX Corporation had a return on equity of 17.28% and a net margin of 15.45%. The company’s revenue was up 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.48 earnings per share.

CSX has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. BidaskClub cut CSX Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of CSX Corporation in a report on Friday, July 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of CSX Corporation in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded CSX Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, TD Securities cut their price target on CSX Corporation from $64.00 to $63.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $56.76.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of CSX. Brahman Capital Corp. bought a new stake in shares of CSX Corporation in the first quarter valued at approximately $257,229,000. Blue Ridge Capital L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of CSX Corporation in the first quarter valued at approximately $225,162,000. Janus Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of CSX Corporation by 32.9% in the first quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC now owns 16,620,538 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $773,686,000 after buying an additional 4,114,395 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of CSX Corporation by 252.3% in the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 4,769,577 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $222,004,000 after buying an additional 3,415,705 shares during the period. Finally, OZ Management LP boosted its stake in shares of CSX Corporation by 266.3% in the first quarter. OZ Management LP now owns 4,094,353 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $190,592,000 after buying an additional 2,976,497 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 71.17% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) opened at 52.54 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $52.90 and a 200 day moving average price of $51.85. CSX Corporation has a one year low of $30.01 and a one year high of $55.48. The firm has a market cap of $47.60 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.08 and a beta of 1.35.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be given a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. CSX Corporation’s payout ratio is 41.24%.

CSX Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Tuesday, July 18th that authorizes the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the transportation company to purchase up to 1% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

About CSX Corporation

CSX Corporation is a transportation company. The Company provides rail-based freight transportation services, including traditional rail service and transport of intermodal containers and trailers, as well as other transportation services, such as rail-to-truck transfers and bulk commodity operations.

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