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
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||$2.2 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$829.1 million|
|Management||CEO John Hellmann (since 2007)
CFO Timothy Gallagher (since 2005)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||11.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$27.3 million / $633.2 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 869 members who have rated Genesee & Wyoming believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The original "little engine that could". They are very tied to coal and coal -- nasty stuff that it is -- is becoming a major US export as domestic utilities convert to other sources. [Genesee & Wyoming] owns fragments of rails all over the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries and they're due for a comeback, having lagged the rest of the choo-choo stocks. If they sold off half their lines, they'd make a pretty penny, too, and might -- just -- might -- get bought by [Union Pacific] or [Canadian National Railway].
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