Comparing the Returns of Railroad Stocks Year-to-Date

North American railroad stocks have performed very well so far this year. While the S&P 500 is up around 21% year-to-date, most of Class I railroads, with the exception of CSX, have shot up by over 26%. Canadian Pacific(CP) is the best of the group and has grown by over 34%. One reason CSX is lagging is that the railroad was a great winner last year. Regardless as I have discussed many this in this blog, railroads are one of the best sectors to own for the long term.

The following chart compares the returns of major railroads YTD:

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Note: The returns shown above are price returns only (excluding dividends)

Source: Yahoo Finance

From an income standpoint, railroads offer stable and growing dividends year after year. For example, Norfolk Southern(NSC) increased its quarterly dividends by 9% this week. Union Pacific(UNP) also announced a dividend increase of 10%.  These rates are excellent raises indeed.

Related Stocks:

  1. Canadian National Railway Co (CNI)
  2. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd(CP)
  3. CSX Corp (CSX)
  4. Kansas City Southern (KSU)
  5. Union Pacific(UNP)
  6. Norfolk Southern Corp(NSC)

Disclosure: Long CSX, CNI, NSC and UNP

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