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FreightCar America Rallies as Rail Orders Defy Earnings

FreightCar America Inc.’s stock jumped the most in more than a year after the manufacturer of aluminum railroad cars used to haul coal announced 5,500 post-quarter orders, helping blunt a net loss that was wider than analysts’ estimates.

Shares of the Chicago-based company surged 9.3 percent to $19.79 at the close in New York, the biggest one-day gain since February 2012. The stock fell 12 percent this year compared with a 25 percent gain for the Russell 2000 Index.

“The quarter was disappointing relative to where Street expectations were, but the orders that they received post-quarter is why you’re seeing a strength in the stock today,” Justin Long, an analyst at Stephens Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas, said by phone.

The 5,500 orders booked after June 30 included about 4,000 for rebuilt coal cars, according a statement released after the U.S. markets closed on Aug. 2. The announcement helped counter a second-quarter net loss of $3.4 million, Long said.

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