A few months ago, many might have predicted that 2020 would be a difficult year for railroad stocks. The shutdown of the U.S. economy in March caused transportation and shipping activity to slow to a crawl, and to be sure, most related stocks crashed. Furthermore, the oil crash specifically painted a grim long-term picture …
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The last two days have been expensive. Norfolk Southern’s value has dropped to $190.07. I currently have 49.060606 shares in the fund bought at two different prices two days ago. My total investment is $10,000. Thus, the current market value is $9,324.95 meaning the fund has decreased $675.05 in two days!
In addition, the price to book ratios are also higher than last quarter. The key question for me and this fund is figuring out if there is value in any of the stocks. To do this, I must fill out a table of various preferred ratios and then explain them in a write-up. This way the reader will understand my reasoning as I write about it further
During the last 30 days, the fund held 13.52375 shares (original investment of $2,500) and sold them on 01/17/2020 at 9:40 AM when the price in the market hit the target under the value investment principle at $207.17. The value investing principle (simply stated) required the share price to hit the prior peak price which was $206.46. However, on that morning, the share price instantly jumped past $206.46 to $207.17 triggering the sale of the stock. The gain on the sale net of costs of $1.00 per share to buy and $1.00 per share to sell was $288.19. The stock was purchased on 10/23/19 at $183.86.
Railroad stocks are solid and steady investments. There is limited downside risk and adequate historical data to illustrate buy and sell points for an investor. If properly applied, an investor should earn yields of 18 to 30% year on year. Learn how to develop the investment model for this particular industry.