Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad giant 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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Canadian National facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Montreal, Canada (1922)

Market Cap

$22.3 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.35 billion


CEO Hunter Harrison (since January 2003)
CFO Luc Jobin (since June 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)


Cash / Debt

$391.2 million / $6.9 billion

Dividend Yield



Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP)
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CAPS Members Bullish on CNI Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on CNI Also Bearish on

Burlington Northern (NYSE:BNI)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,321 members who have rated Canadian National believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star latimerburned, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and pablogrimes.

Just last month, latimerburned noted that the outperform signs pointed in all directions:

The only [North American] railroad to go east to west and north to south is your best bet for total logistical diversification. Very well run and with a new port on the west coast of Canada is a gateway to china play.

In an earlier pitch, pablogrimes hopped on board that same train of thought:

Oil prices will rise. Not if, but when. Rail is inherently more efficient at moving cargo than interstate trucking. When merchandisers wake up to this cost-saving opportunity, there are very few major players left, and [Canadian National] is well-placed to service N-S or E-W routes in the US & Canada, including major seaports on three coastlines.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Canadian National and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.