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How to buy Canadian National Railway stock

Learn how to easily invest in Canadian National Railway stock.

Canadian National Railway Co is a railroads business based in the US. Canadian National Railway shares (CNI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Canadian National Railway employs 22,783 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $15.4 billion.

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Canadian National Railway stock price (NYSE: CNI)

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Canadian National Railway shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-26.
Latest market close$109.99
52-week range$106.61 - $136.50
50-day moving average $121.33
200-day moving average $120.95
Wall St. target price$124.18
PE ratio 20.5741
Dividend yield $2.695 (2.02%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.40

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Canadian National Railway price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $109.99 from 2022-09-29

1 week (2022-09-23) -1.00%
1 month (2022-09-01) -6.26%
3 months (2022-07-01) -2.83%
6 months (2022-04-01) -13.94%
1 year (2021-10-01) -6.80%
2 years (2020-10-01) 3.34%
3 years (2019-10-01) 26.80%
5 years (2017-09-29) 32.76%

Is Canadian National Railway stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Canadian National Railway stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Canadian National Railway's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Canadian National Railway's P/E ratio

Canadian National Railway's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Canadian National Railway shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Canadian National Railway's PEG ratio

Canadian National Railway's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2787. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Canadian National Railway's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Canadian National Railway's EBITDA

Canadian National Railway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $8.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Canadian National Railway's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Canadian National Railway financials

Revenue TTM $15.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 45.35%
Gross profit TTM $8.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.14%
Return on equity TTM 24.35%
Profit margin 33.28%
Book value $31.72
Market capitalisation $76.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Canadian National Railway's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Canadian National Railway.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Canadian National Railway's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 15.77

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Canadian National Railway's overall score of 15.77 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 14th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Canadian National Railway is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Canadian National Railway's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.37/100

Canadian National Railway's environmental score of 4.37 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian National Railway is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian National Railway's social score

Social score: 8.63/100

Canadian National Railway's social score of 8.63 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian National Railway is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Canadian National Railway's governance score

Governance score: 1.77/100

Canadian National Railway's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Canadian National Railway is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian National Railway's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Canadian National Railway scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Canadian National Railway has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Canadian National Railway Co was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 15.77
Total ESG percentile 13.96
Environmental score 4.37
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 8.63
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 1.77
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Canadian National Railway share dividends

38%

Dividend payout ratio: 38.35% of net profits

Recently Canadian National Railway has paid out, on average, around 38.35% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Canadian National Railway shareholders could enjoy a 2.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Canadian National Railway's case, that would currently equate to about $2.695 per share.

While Canadian National Railway's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Canadian National Railway may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Canadian National Railway's most recent dividend payout was on 28 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Canadian National Railway's shares ever split?

Canadian National Railway's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 December 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Canadian National Railway shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Canadian National Railway shares which in turn could have impacted Canadian National Railway's share price.

Canadian National Railway share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Canadian National Railway's shares have ranged in value from as little as $106.61 up to $136.5019. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNI.US volatility(beta: 0.68)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Canadian National Railway's is 0.6753. This would suggest that Canadian National Railway's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Canadian National Railway overview

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail and related transportation business. The company's portfolio of goods includes petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, intermodal, and automotive products serving exporters, importers, retailers, farmers, and manufacturers. It operates a network of 19,500 route miles of track spanning Canada and the United States. The company also provides vessels and docks, transloading and distribution, automotive logistics, and freight forwarding and transportation management services. Canadian National Railway Company was incorporated in 1919 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Canadian National Railway is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 2.222% of Canadian National Railway shares are held by insiders and 72.819% by institutions.
How many people work for Canadian National Railway?
Latest data suggests 22,783 work at Canadian National Railway.
When does the fiscal year end for Canadian National Railway?
Canadian National Railway's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Canadian National Railway based?
Canadian National Railway's address is: 935 de La Gauchetiere Street West, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3B 2M9
What is Canadian National Railway's ISIN number?
Canadian National Railway's international securities identification number is: CA1363751027
What is Canadian National Railway's CUSIP number?
Canadian National Railway's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 136375102

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