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Here's Why You Should Grab the Landstar (LSTR) Stock Now

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Landstar System (LSTR - Free Report) is benefiting from strong freight demand and high trucking rates. The company’s top line surged 59.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2021 owing to strong performances of the truck transportation, rail intermodal, and ocean and air-cargo carriers segments. The bottom line surged 60.3% year over year in the same period.

Landstar’s primary revenue generating segment, the truck transportation unit, is being aided by strong demand in the van truckload business. Segmental revenues increased 61.4% year over year in the first nine months of 2021.

Landstar’s commitment to reward its shareholders through dividends and share buybacks is encouraging. In July, the company increased its quarterly dividend by 19% to 25 cents per share (annualized $1) in July 2021. In the first nine months of 2021, LSTR rewarded its shareholders with $50 million through share repurchases and $102.5 million through dividends. Strong free cash flow-generation capacity supports the company’s shareholder-friendly activities. In 2020, LSTR generated $177.3 million of free cash flow. The same increased to $198.4 million in the first nine months of 2021.

Shares of LSTR have surged 28.3% so far this year, primarily due to improved freight market conditions and the company’s efforts to reward shareholders.

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The positivity surrounding the stock is evident from the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 and 2022 earnings being revised upward by 3.9% and 7.2% in the past 60 days, respectively.

In light of the above-mentioned positives, we believe investors should add the Landstar stock to their portfolios, as is suggested by its Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Other Key Picks

Some other top-ranked stocks in the Transportation - Truck industry are as follows:

ArcBest Corporation (ARCB - Free Report) sports a Zacks Rank #1. The company has a stellar earnings surprise history having outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the preceding four quarters, the average beat being 27.4%.

Shares of ArcBest have surged more than 100% so far this year.

Saia (SAIA - Free Report) carries a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s earnings have outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the preceding four quarters, the average beat being 14.8%.

Shares of Saia have rallied more than 73% in the year-to-date period.

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