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Five Star Equities

April 13, 2012 08:20 ET

EPA Limits Affecting Railroads' Coal Shipments

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Norfolk Southern Corp. and Kansas City Southern

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2012) - The new imposed limits on carbon emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have had a negative effect on the Railroads Industry, with the new limits substantially lowering domestic coal demand. According to EIA reports, utility coal represents approximately 93 percent of the domestic coal demand. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Railroads Industry and provides equity research on Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently reported U.S. rail carloads originated in March 2012 totaled 1,123,298, down 69,190 carloads or 5.8 percent, compared with March 2011. Commodities with carload declines in March were led by coal, down 84,854 carloads or 15.8 percent from March 2011. "There is no denying that coal is a crucial commodity for railroads, and there's also no denying that recent declines in coal traffic are presenting significant challenges to railroads right now," said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.

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Donald D. Graab was named vice president mechanical for Norfolk Southern Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, effective March 1. He will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the railroad's motive power and rolling stock. Graab succeeds Tim A. Heilig, who retires after 41 years with Norfolk Southern.

Kansas City Southern has announced that it will start paying quarterly dividend on its common stock beginning first quarter of the year. The company's board of directors has announced a quarterly cash dividend of 19.5 cents payable on April 27 to shareholders of record on April 16. The dividend will represent a quarterly and annualized payout of $21.4 million and 85.6 million, respectively.

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