John Ransom

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Stock number one: CSX Corp

CSX railroad expects modest 2014 profit growth—AP

CSX railroad expects to deliver modest profit growth this year, but the impact of the severe winter will linger into the second quarter. Officials with the railroad said on a conference call Wednesday that the improving economy and stronger domestic utility demand for coal will boost CSX's earnings in the second half of this year and in 2015.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad had said Tuesday that the harsh winter disrupted shipments and contributed to a 14 percent drop in its first-quarter profit even as it hauled 3 percent more freight.

Symbol: CSX

Trailing PE: 15; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 1.59

Dividend: 2.10%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold CSX

CSX Chart

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Stock number two: Twitter, Inc.

Twitter Is Flying High After Hiring Google Maps Exec—Wall Street Cheat Sheet

Twitter stock on Tuesday rose the most since the social media company’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange in November after it was confirmed that the company had hired former Google Maps director Daniel Graf. The stock closed trading on Tuesday up more than 11 percent, at $45.52. Graf fittingly confirmed his hire in a tweet, saying, “Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around the corner – excited to take wing with the @twitter product team.” Graf is now the new vice president of consumer product for the microblogging site.

Symbol: TWTR

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 203

PEG: -408.62

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Twitter

TWTR Chart

TWTR data by YCharts

Stock number three: Weatherford International Ltd.

Weatherford International (WFT) Stock Hits One-Year High on Heavy Volume—The

Weatherford International rose to a one-year high of $17.89 on Wednesday on higher-than-average volume. More than 10.7 million shares had changed hands as of 12:05 p.m., which exceeded the average volume of 8,938,130. Weatherford was also one of the biggest Wednesday gainers in the energy sector, which rose in morning trading.

Symbol: WFT

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 0.34

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid JC Penny

WFT Chart

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John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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