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Jan 26, 2015

Lower coal revs hit Norfolk Southern profit; upbeat on U.S. economy

CHICAGO, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Norfolk Southern Corp,
the No. 4 U.S. railroad, expects a solid U.S. economy to boost
its business in 2015 but said on Monday it was too early to
gauge the overall impact of lower energy prices.

“We feel good about the state of the economy,” Chief
Executive Officer Wick Moorman told Reuters after the company
reported fourth-quarter earning that largely met market
expectations. “But what many people are trying to understand is
the impact of lower oil prices.”

Jan 23, 2015

After disappointing 4th qtr, UPS evaluating peak pricing

CHICAGO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Package delivery company United
Parcel Service Inc on Friday said its fourth-quarter
performance was hurt by higher-than-expected costs from the U.S.
holiday season and that it will likely raise prices during the
next peak season.

The world’s largest package delivery company said as a
result, its fourth-quarter earnings per share would come in
below its own forecast as well as market expectations. UPS cited
a disappointing performance in U.S. domestic ground shipments.

Jan 22, 2015

Union Pacific profit beats estimates as freight, revenue grow

CHICAGO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – No. 1 U.S. railroad Union
Pacific Corp reported a jump in quarterly profit
Thursday that beat analyst estimates as a growing economy lifted
freight volumes and higher freight rates boosted revenue.

Shares of the company were up 4 percent in light premarket

Still, the company sounded a note of caution on the outlook
for the U.S. economy amid uncertainties following a significant
drop in oil prices over the past several months.

Jan 14, 2015

Low oil prices good for economy, CSX and its customers: CEO

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Falling oil prices should benefit U.S. consumers and railroad customers, and be good for rail business in the months ahead, the chief executive of No. 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp (CSX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday.

“By and large, this (lower oil prices) is a good thing for the economy, for CSX and for our customers,” Michael Ward told Reuters in an interview. “It will put more money in consumers’ pockets and we will pass on less in fuel surcharges to our customers, which will put more money in theirs.”

Jan 13, 2015

CSX profit rises, sees double digit earnings growth in 2015

CHICAGO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – CSX Corp, the
third-largest U.S. railroad, on Tuesday reported a higher
quarterly profit that was in line with analyst expectations and
said it expected a strong increase in its freight business and
double-digit earnings growth during 2015.

CSX’s fourth-quarter profit rose on the back of an 11
percent rise in coal shipments, a 5 increase in intermodal and 5
percent for its “merchandise” shipments that include
agricultural, chemical and construction products. The railroad
reported a 6 percent rise in revenue for all three business

Jan 12, 2015

Alcoa swings to profit, sees strong demand for aerospace

CHICAGO, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Metals company Alcoa Inc
on Monday reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit,
swinging from a year-earlier loss due to a boost from automotive
demand, higher aluminum prices and lower energy costs.

Alcoa also forecast solid demand this year for its aerospace
and automotive products.

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. bus lines added routes in 2014, airline flights fell -study

CHICAGO, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. bus companies continued to
add daily scheduled routes linking cities around the country in
2014 with a 2.1 percent increase, while airline flights fell 3.5
percent, according to a study released on Monday.

According to the study by the Chaddick Institute for
Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago, bus
companies introduced new luxury-oriented services and expanded
their national networks to capitalize on rising demand for
short- and long-distance trips. Bus travel-booking websites like
Wanderu and Busbud also contributed to a rise in interest.

Dec 29, 2014

Small U.S. firms may struggle with new UPS, FedEx dimensional prices

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are rolling out new pricing systems to curb online retailers’ large package sizes, but industry experts warn many small firms are unprepared and could pay up to 50 percent more for shipping.

Starting Monday, UPS will no longer charge for U.S. ground packages under 3 cubic feet by weight but by their “dimensional weight.”

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America’s Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business.

“Really it started almost at the level of cold-calling, talking to people who really hadn’t spoken to us in a long time,” said Nagisa Manabe, who joined the USPS in May 2012 as chief marketing and sales officer from Coca-Cola Co after a career in the private sector. “And really trying to persuade them to consider us as a very viable alternative in the shipping market.”

Dec 17, 2014

Despite second-quarter profit jump, FedEx misses expectations

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Increased U.S. domestic and international volumes sparked higher quarterly profit at FedEx Corp, the package delivery company said on Wednesday, but quarterly earnings and its full-year outlook fell short of expectations.

Both FedEx (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and main rival United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) are in the final days of their holiday peak season, which has boomed over the past decade due to the rise of e-commerce. Last year both companies were hit by a last-minute surge in online orders and bad weather that left an estimated 2 million packages undelivered on Christmas Eve.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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