Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad operator Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Canadian National facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Montreal, Canada (1922)

Market Cap

$42.3 billion

Industry

Railroads

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.1 billion

Management

CEO Claude Mongeau (since 2010)

CFO Luc Jobin (since 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.9%

Cash/Debt

$158.0 million / $7.0 billion

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP)

CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,769 members who have rated Canadian National believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, NHWeston102, succinctly summed up the Canadian National bull case for our community:

This railroad has the largest track mileage in the North American continent, Atlantic to Pacific and down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Good union relations, modernizing infrastructure, and a key place in Canadian pensions give it a solid track bed.

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