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

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

Norfolk Southern facts

Headquarters (founded)

Norfolk, Va. (1883)

Market Cap

$23.2 billion

Industry

Railroads

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.0 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Charles Moorman IV

CFO John Rathborne

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

16.9%

Cash/Debt

$668.0 million / $8.8 billion

Dividend Yield

2.7%

Competitors

Canadian National Railway

CSX

Union Pacific

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,253 members who have rated Norfolk Southern believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, ValueInvestor747, succinctly summed up the Norfolk Southern bull case for our community: "The obvious risk is decreased coal demand due to a global slowdown and increased natural gas production/utilization. I think an uptick in the economy in other sectors will balance this out and at this valuation, I think [Norfolk Southern] still has room to grow."

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