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As a rail stock, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is sensitive to ongoing trade negotiations, which have been looking a little better over the last week as optimism builds.
However, trade worries have probably done a lot to keep most transportation stocks range-bound, which has been an issue for NSC as well.
While we feel that the bullish case for transportation and railroad stocks will get stronger as the trade issues get resolved, there is enough uncertainty for us to approach this opportunity from an income perspective.
As you can see in the chart above, NSC has rebounded from its October lows and has turned lower after tapping short-term resistance at the $172.50 level.
The stock has a lot of support at the $155 level as well, so we are expecting it to channel sideways for a while until the outlook for trade is clearer.
With that in mind, we recommend selling a covered call against the stock for traders who are already holding the shares.
And if the market continues to channel sideways, we may wind up rolling the NSC calls out again later this month to collect even more premium.
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