The railroad industry was hit hard today, and all the major players were down: UNP, CSX and NSC. I used today’s bad news to initiate a position in Norfolk Southern (NSC). This is a stock that I have had on my watchlist for quite a few months, always waiting for a pullback to occur. I noticed that the stock price was down substantially after-hours yesterday, so I went to sleep last night anticipating that I would probably make a move today.
When I logged in this morning, the stock was down over 7.0% from yesterday’s closing price. I purchased 40 shares at $67.41/share. Little did I know that the stock would continue to freefall over the course of the day. NSC finally settled, down $6.58, or 9.05% for the day.
I’ve purchased many stocks in the past upon learning of forecasts being slashed, but I never expected this much of a drop in a single day. The last time I bought on the fear was over the Summer when PG was downgraded. It didn’t take long for that stock to rebound, so here’s hoping that this is just another case of Mr. Market over-reacting. In general, I don’t worry too much about trying to time the market, and I’m still happy to get in around the 3.0% yield point. I’ll probably add even more shares if it dips further.
Here is a breakdown of some numbers for those who are interested in the technicals, assuming an investment period of 7 years, starting from January 2005: