Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad giant Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Union Pacific facts

Headquarters (founded)

Omaha, Neb. (1862)

Market Cap

$20.61 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$17.97 billion


President/CEO James Young (since 2005)
CFO Robert Knight (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bearish on UNP also bearish on:

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

Over on CAPS, 1,023 of the 1,061 members who have rated Union Pacific -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star jstegma, who is ranked in the top 0.2% of our community, and slammed96chevy.

Just yesterday, jstegma made this rather simple (but commonsensical) case to hop aboard the stock: "Now is the time to buy companies you know will be there on the other side of the recession. This is one of them."

In a pitch from three weeks ago, slammed96chevy elaborates on the tailwinds working in Union Pacific's favor:

I think the investment into clean coal will have a major impact on rail transports and with the investments into improving efficiency and load, [Union Pacific] should be able to handle more demand when it inevitably comes.... I think [Union Pacific] will be able to haul more units and increase its price. [Union Pacific] is well diversified in the products it ships and as businesses rethink strategy coming out of the recession, I think a shift to rail will be in more plans.

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