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Canada.com  May 14  Comment 
Canadian rail stocks have been one of the best trades this decade, but recent weakness in the shares of CP and CN Rail has some investors wondering if the good times are over
Forbes  May 13  Comment 
In trading on Wednesday, railroads shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 2.1%. Helping drag down the group were shares of Union Pacific (UNP), off about 3.2% and shares of Canadian National Railway (CNI) off about 2.8% on the day.
newratings.com  May 5  Comment 
OTTAWA (dpa-AFX) - Canadian National Railway Co. (CNI, CNR.TO) announced the details of its 2015 plan to invest C$2.7 billion in rail infrastructure maintenance and improvements, as well as in new capacity, equipment and technology to raise...
Motley Fool  Apr 20  Comment 
Canadian National Railway's first quarter results came in just above expectations. Here's what investors need to know.
TheStreet.com  Apr 20  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Canadian National Railway shares are up 0.91% to $69 in after-hours trading on Monday after the company reported its first quarter earnings after the closing bell today.The company reported first quarter earnings of 86...
Wall Street Journal  Apr 20  Comment 
Canadian National Railway Co. said Monday that its first-quarter profit was higher than a year earlier as strong freight volumes, easier winter weather and a lower Canadian dollar boosted results.
Benzinga  Apr 20  Comment 
Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings on Monday, after market close. Wall Street research firm Susquehanna recently previewed the results, rated the stock a Neutral and issued a $68 price...
Motley Fool  Apr 17  Comment 
The railroad will benefit from cheaper fuel and is making big investments to improve service.
Reuters  Apr 10  Comment 
A Canadian National Railway train was involved in an "incident" in the western Canadian province of Alberta, a spokesman for the country's largest rail operator said on...




 
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Canadian National Railway Company (or CN) operates the largest rail network in Canada and the only transcontinental network in North America. The company operates approximately 20,300 route miles in 8 Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states. CN's business strategy is guided by five core principles: providing good service, controlling costs, focusing on asset utilization, committing to safety, and developing people. CN's efforts to increase speed, efficiency, and reliability through the execution of its precision railroading concept are ongoing.

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Business Segments

CN's revenue is derived from seven business units engaged in the movement of a diversified and balanced portfolio of goods, which positions it well to face economic fluctuations and enhance its potential to grow revenue. These goods include petroleum and chemicals (chemicals, plastics, sulfur, petroleum, and gas products) metals and minerals (steel, aluminum, other non-ferrous metals, equipment & parts, and construction materials) forest products (lumber, fibers, paper, and panels) coal (thermal grades of bituminous coal and Canadian metallurgical coal) grains and fertilizers (food grains, oilseeds & oilseed products, and feed grains) intermodal (the transportation of freight using two or more modes of transportation) and automotive (finished vehicles and automotive parts). In 2006, forest products contributed 22% to total revenue, intermodal 18%, grains and fertilizers 16%, petroleum and chemicals 15%, metals and minerals 10%, other 8% (nonfreight revenue derived from third parties), automotive 6%, and coal 5%. On a geographic basis, approximately 32% of revenues came from transborder traffic, 25% from offshore traffic, 23% from Canadian domestic traffic, and 20% from U.S. domestic traffic. CN has the lowest operating ratio among Class I railroads.


Financials

CN's financial performance, when measured on the basis of profit margin, balance sheet strength, and free cash flow, has been among the best in the industry since 1999. To maintain this position, CN has focused on strategies to grow its businesses profitably. Such profitable growth is driven by high-quality service, continuous pursuit of productivity improvement, containing and reducing costs, and increasing revenue. Since 1995, CN has successfully increased revenue through organic growth and well-executed acquisitions or alliances.


Trends and Forces

High Profit Magins

Canadian National Railway is enjoying a high profit margin of approximately 26%, which is at or near the top in the industry. The company states that it has many more short-term than long-term freight contracts, which gives them the ability to adjust rates to accommodate current economic conditions. Investors who follow the rails know that CNI benefits from the huge Prince Rupert Terminal, which is projected to bring in approximately $110m to CNI coffers this year.



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