4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Union Pacific

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad giant Union Pacific (NYS: 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$51.9 billion
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$20.2 billion
ManagementActing CEO John Koraleski
CFO Robert Knight Jr.
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)16%
Cash/Debt$995.0 million / $8.8 billion
Dividend Yield2.2%

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,314 members who have rated Union Pacific believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, DanFPilot, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

A great American company. As the economy recovers and grows, they should reap the benefits. Highly efficient in an era of high energy costs. Not the best dividend yield, but payout ratio is low and have increased their dividend by [470%] since 2002.

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