Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Norfolk Southern facts

Headquarters (founded)

Norfolk, Va. (1883)

Market Cap

$13.57 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.1 billion


CEO Charles Moorman IV (since 2005)

CFO James Squires (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, 959 of the 983 members who have rated Norfolk Southern -- or 97.6% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars stan8331 and TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Last month, stan8331 urged our community to hop aboard the bull train:

The railroads should be resurgent for the foreseeable future, especially once fuel prices start to rise. [Norfolk Southern] has a good dividend with solid growth and a moderate payout ratio, manageable debt and an attractive single digit P/E.

In an earlier pitch from March, TSIF also stayed on track:

Norfolk Southern Corp is well positioned in a recession and a good come-back stock. Freight moved to the rails when fuel was high, but it's not moving back. The structure, carriers, and flatbeds are well suited for moving the freight even when it's loaded into a semi. Dividend stable … Profit margin of 16%, Operating Margin of 28%. Limited competition within an area. Great cash flow. Toot-toot.

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