By Charley Blaine

On Monday and Tuesday, railroad giant CSX’s shares hit 52-week highs. On Wednesday, the shares fell back and so are falling again on Thursday.

The real whether CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) is peaking. That 52-week on top of Tuesday was immediately accompanied by a pullback along with the shares ended your day down 0.7%. They’re off another 1.9% since. And 3 days of declines will inform a chart-watching investor that maybe a trend is established.

The consensus price target for CSX, according to analysts polled by Investing.com, is $76, that will not suggest there’s much upside. Investing.com’s technical indicators rate the stock a sell.

To be certain, CSX has had a big run considering that the end of 2019, rising nearly 43%. The stock rebounded 20.4% inside the first quarter after slumping (like just about everyone else) during the fourth quarter.

And they weren’t alone in the sector. The main railroad companies in the country and Canada all sported healthy first-quarter gains and, like CSX, were having big years in 2018 until that awful fourth-quarter slump set in. The S&P 500 fell 20% through the end of September though the end of the year. CSX fell 16.1%.

Railroad stocks happen to be rising as they start making major moves to streamline their operations and boost their financial performance. The concept is just not to let rail cars sit idle in big yards until many of the cars going from, say, Nashville to Detroit, are in same position.

The trick is usually to begin to build the train to Detroit without delay if your cars first arrive from various places to ensure the departure may occur earlier. In the long run, this would mean fewer locomotives and fewer cars, lower costs and better profits and earnings per share.

The idea known as “precision-scheduled railroading.”

The industry has, mostly, been implementing implementing these ideas, first pioneered because of the late Hunter Harrison as he was CEO at railroads in Canada after which it at CSX before he past away in December 2019.

CSX had a really rocky transition implementing the latest system, using the Wall Street Journal, that this federal Surface Transportation Board ordered this company to brief officials weekly.

Eventually, the difficulties were worked out as well as other railroads begun develop their own personal plans. Wall Street was enthralled as well as stocks all increased.

The question is now if ever the blip CSX shares have has witnessed in the last few days is a little blip as well larger.

There is often a broader issue at the job. Dow Theory says stocks will move higher in the event the Dow Jones Industrial Average hits a completely new high together with a new high for your Dow Transports. The Dow is nearest hitting the latest high. The Transports remain 16% below their 52-week highs, mostly because airline stocks, hypersensitive to moves in fuel prices, are truly nowhere nearby the highs reached a year ago.