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Norfolk Southern ($NSC) Stock Split History

Norfolk Southern stock has experienced a total of 2 stock splits in its history. The most recent stock split took place on October 10th, 1997. As a result of these stock splits, one Norfolk Southern share purchased prior to April 7th, 1987, would now be equivalent to holding 9 Norfolk Southern shares today.

Norfolk Southern ($NSC) Stock Split History Graph and Chart

Norfolk Southern ($NSC) Stock Split Dates

Date Ratio
04/07/19873 for 1
10/10/19973 for 1

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How Does a Norfolk Southern Share Split Work?

A Norfolk Southern stock split is no different than any other stock split. Norfolk Southern is simply packaging the number of outstanding shares in a different way. For example, in a 2-for-1 split, the amount of shares will double (and the price will be divided by 2, accordingly). Say you have 100 shares of Norfolk Southern, then the day of the split you will receive 2 shares for every 1 share you hold in your brokerage account, meaning you will receive 200 shares on the stock split date. However, the price of the stock will reflect this change and your holding of Norfolk Southern (in terms of value) will remain practically the same.

Benefits of a Norfolk Southern Stock Split?

A stock split does not change the fundamental value of a company. Meaning a Norfolk Southern stock split will not make the business more valuable. However, there is a psychological benefit in that the share price will be lower after the split, making shares seem more accessible to everyone and thus temporarily increasing demand and ramping up share prices. To further explore stock splits, please refer to Investopedia.

Buying Before or After a $NSC Stock Split?

While this is not financial advice and we have not run any thorough studies on the matter, general consensus is that price tends to go up after the announcement of a stock split and before the stock split itself happens.

Will Norfolk Southern Stock Split?

Unfortunately, we do not know. There might be rumors of a Norfolk Southern stock split, but the truth is that until the board proposes a shares split to its shareholders, it's all just noise.

How Does a Stock Split Affect $NSC Options?

A stock split affects options the same way it affect shares. In the case of a 2-for-1, the strike price of all the options chain post-split will be divided by 2 automatically. So if you're holding CALLs or PUTs, the strike price of the $NSC option will be automatically changed on the day of the split. Also, the number of shares will double. So if you have a CALL in a 2-for-1, after split you will have 2 calls to control 200 shares, and the strike price of those two CALLs would be halved.

Norfolk Southern Shares Split Results in Fractional Shares

Not all shares splits are even. Some splits, like a 3-for-2 can result in shareholders owning fractional shares. In these cases it's best to contact your broker, to be clear on how they will handle the $NSC shares split.