Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP) has been upgraded by RBC Capital Markets to a "buy" probably based on its attractive valuation and projected acquisition of assets, including its acquisition of the remaining outstanding shares of Australia's Prime Infrastructure. Funds from operations (Brookfield's measure of cash flow, before maintenance expenditures), grew 133% on a per-unit basis last quarter.

That upgrade is sure to please Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, but what does that mean for you?

We've enlisted our Motley Fool CAPS to evaluate the performance of RBC Capital Markets and to help you make a call on Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

Analyst Report Card

Wall Street Analyst

Current CAPS Rating

Call Accuracy

RBC Capital Markets

91.92

52.96%

On CAPS, we evaluate how Wall Street analyst picks perform relative to the market using publicly available information on their calls. In order for an analyst's buy or sell rating to be accurate, the stock must outperform or underperform the S&P 500, respectively. RBC Capital Markets' picks outperform the market a respectable 53% of the time; the company's performance is in the top 10% of all stock pickers measured by Motley Fool CAPS.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Report Card

Stock

Current CAPS Rating

Last Rating Change

Total Outperform vs. Underperforms

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP)

*****

4 to 5 stars on 3/20/2008

711 outperforms vs. 6 underperforms

We have consensus!
It looks like Wall Street and Main Street are on the same page: Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is poised to outperform the market. Brookfield Infrastructure is a five-star stock (the highest rating given by our CAPS community), and three Wall Street firms tracked on CAPS rate BIP as likely to outperform. Zero Wall Street firms tracked on CAPS have active underperform calls on the stock.

One of the CAPS members on the bull case, GingersBread, makes the case for BIP:

Brookfield is a well-diversified infrastructure company with smart management and good long-term growth prospects. 30% of their assets are utilities like electricity, pipelines, gas, and water, 30% are transportation infrastructure, 30% are timber fields, and 10% are social infrastructure like hospitals, prisons, and desalination plants. There operations are well-diversified globally, from railroads in Australia to timber fields in Canada, and from ports in Europe to utilities in Chile. The company uses stable cash-generating businesses like urban utilities (literal monopolies) to fuel high-growth operations like airport and railroad construction that service emerging markets.

Now, let's see how the CAPS community believes Brookfield Infrastructure Partners stacks up to other companies in the electric utility and timber industries.

Competitors' Report Card

Stock

Current CAPS Rating

Last Rating Change

Total Outperform vs. Underperforms

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)

****

5 to 4 stars on 10/30/2009

1,726 outperforms vs. 87 underperforms

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN)

****

3 to 4 stars on 06/28/2010

259 outperforms vs. 26 underperforms

Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL)

****

5 to 4 stars on 12/21/2009

675 outperforms vs. 40 underperforms

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY)

***

2 to 3 stars on 07/13/2010

301 outperforms vs.

71 underperforms

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Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems, a Global Gains, and a Inside Value pick. Duke Energy is a Income Investor recommendation. Plus, the Fool owns shares of it and Plum Creek Timber.

Anessa Fike does not own any stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.