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

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

Canadian Pacific facts

Headquarters (founded) Calgary, Canada (1881)
Market Cap $13.4 billion
Industry Railroads
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $5.5 billion
Management CEO Frederic Green (since 2006)
CFO Kathryn McQuade (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 12.1%
Cash/Debt $78.5 million / $4.8 billion
Dividend Yield 1.5%
Competitors Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Canadian National Railway
Union Pacific

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 374 members who have rated Canadian Pacific believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, NHWeston, touched on the tailwinds working in the stock's favor:

Canadian Pacific has spent the last several years in the shadow of Canadian National. It has now begun to come into its own, especially in the development of Northern provinces, grain traffic, and lumber. A solid player.    

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