Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, freight railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

$1.04 billion



TTM Revenue

$587.37 million


CEO John Hellmann (since 2007)

CFO Timothy Gallagher (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP),


CAPS members bullish on GWR also bullish on:


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on GWR also bearish on:

Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI),

Burlington Northern (NYSE:BNI),

Fomento Economico Mexicano (NYSE:FMX)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 912 of the 934 members who have rated Genesee & Wyoming -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Fuskie and KittyLitterClump.

Last month, Fuskie wrote that Genesee & Wyoming "is on the right track these days, providing short haul alternatives to fuel-expensive trucking options."

In a pitch from three weeks ago, KittyLitterClump hopped on board that same train of thought:

This is a nice sleeper railroad stock. It owns most of its own tracks and has good positions in the U.S., Canada, Australia and even a small play in Bolivia. The company doesn't hesitate to eliminate non-performing positions (recently vacated Mexico). The price is right and when fuel prices begin to go back up the use of rail will follow suit as it's a cheaper choice of shipping compared to air.

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