4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Kansas City Southern

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad operator Kansas City Southern (NYS: KSU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Kansas City Southern facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Kansas City, Mo. (1962)

Market Cap

$7.6 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


CEO David Starling (since 2010)
CFO Michael Upchurch (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$72.4 million / $1.6 billion


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 429 members who have rated Kansas City Southern believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

This month, one of those Fools, CMichaelCroston, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

[Kansas City Southern] just started a tender offer for [$275 million] in notes, with a goal of eliminating debt. It also stands to benefit from a strengthening peso against the dollar along with higher automobile shipment from Mexico. Being in the plains corridor, it is well positioned for shipment for infrastructure improvement as well as pipeline construction.

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