4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Genesee & Wyoming

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, regional freight railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming (NYS: GWR) has earned a respected four-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$2.2 billion
IndustryRailroads
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$829.1 million
ManagementCEO John Hellmann (since 2007)
CFO Timothy Gallagher (since 2005)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11.4%
Cash/Debt$27.3 million / $633.2 million
Competitors

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 869 members who have rated Genesee & Wyoming believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those Fools, NHWeston102, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

The original "little engine that could". They are very tied to coal and coal -- nasty stuff that it is -- is becoming a major US export as domestic utilities convert to other sources. [Genesee & Wyoming] owns fragments of rails all over the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries and they're due for a comeback, having lagged the rest of the choo-choo stocks. If they sold off half their lines, they'd make a pretty penny, too, and might -- just -- might -- get bought by [Union Pacific] or [Canadian National Railway].

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Genesee & Wyoming and CN Railway. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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