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Canadian National Railway cuts profit guidance due to strike by Teamsters

A man walks into central station next to CN headquarters in Montreal, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Canadian National Railway Co. is cutting its financial guidance in the wake of an eight-day strike. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. is cutting its profit guidance in the wake of an eight-day strike by 3,200 workers that brought the railway to a near halt.

The railway says it is now targeting 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share growth in the low to mid single-digit range compared with last year’s adjusted diluted earnings per share of $5.50.

The company had earlier expected adjusted diluted earnings per share growth in the high single-digit range.

CN estimated the strike reduced its earnings per share by about 15 cents.

The railway reached a tentative agreement last week with Teamsters Canada to end the longest rail strike since 2012.

The dispute halted shipments, triggered layoffs and disrupted industries across the country.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2019.

Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)

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