4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Genesee & Wyoming

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, regional freight railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE: GWR  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Genesee & Wyoming's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Genesee & Wyoming facts

Headquarters (founded) Greenwich, Conn. (1899)
Market Cap $2.6 billion
Industry Railroads
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $852.5 million
Management CEO John Hellmann (since 2007)
CFO Timothy Gallagher (since 2005)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 11.9%
Cash/Debt $50.2 million / $628.0 million
Competitors OmniTRAX
Union Pacific

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 859 members who have rated Genesee & Wyoming believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, NHWeston, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Assuming no major legal challenges arise against their purchase of [RailAmerica], [Genesee & Wyoming] will become the leading shortline railroad in the nation. They'll thus benefit from all sorts of little podunk operations that profit in turn from the advantages of rail transportation.

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