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How to buy Canadian National Railway (CNR) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Canadian National Railway stocks.

Canadian National Railway is a railroads business based in Canada. Canadian National Railway stocks (CNR.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$154.77 – a decrease of 0.25% over the previous week. Canadian National Railway employs 24,718 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$17.7 billion.

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Canadian National Railway stock price (TO:CNR)

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Canadian National Railway shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-05-27.
Latest market closeC$154.77
52-week rangeC$135.36 - C$174.54
50-day moving average C$160.37
200-day moving average C$160.59
Wall St. target priceC$165.50
PE ratio 19.517
Dividend yield C$2.987 (2.04%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$7.95

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Is it a good time to buy Canadian National Railway stock?

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Canadian National Railway price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$154.77 from 2023-06-01

1 week (2023-05-26) -0.25%
1 month (2023-05-03) -3.72%
3 months (2023-03-03) -4.56%
6 months (2022-12-02) -10.04%
1 year (2022-06-03) 4.82%
2 years (2021-06-03) 14.59%
3 years (2020-06-03) 28.10%
5 years (2018-06-01) 43.13%

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 financials

Revenue TTM C$17.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 47%
Gross profit TTM C$9.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.49%
Return on equity TTM 25.38%
Profit margin 30.6%
Book value C$31.41
Market capitalisation C$102.8 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: 21.77

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Canadian National Railway's overall score of 21.77 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th 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: 10.37/100

Canadian National Railway's environmental score of 10.37 puts it squarely in the 8th 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: 14.63/100

Canadian National Railway's social score of 14.63 puts it squarely in the 8th 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: 7.77/100

Canadian National Railway's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th 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.

Canadian National Railway share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 37.44% of net profits

Recently Canadian National Railway has paid out, on average, around 37.44% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.04% 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 2.04% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Canadian National Railway's case, that would currently equate to about C$2.987 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 30 June 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 June 2023 (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 2 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 C$135.3562 up to C$174.5356. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNR.TO 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 (TO average) beta is 1, while Canadian National Railway's is 0.6835. 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 rail and related transportation business. The company offers rail services, which include equipment, custom brokage services, transloading and distribution, business development and real estate, and private car storage services; and intermodal services including temperature controlled cargo, port partnership, transloading and distribution, logistic parks, customs brokerage, trucking, and moving grains in containers. It also provides trucking services, such as door-to-door services, import and export dray, interline services, and specialized services comprising flatbed trucks, on-deck mobile transport trays, expedited and temperature controlled cargo, and permit/overweight services; and supply chain services. In addition, it serves automotive, coal, fertilizers, temperature controlled cargo, forest products, dimensional, grain, metal and minerals, petroleum and chemicals, and consumer goods applications. Further, the company operates a network of 20,000 route miles of track and shipping Canada and the United States. Canadian National Railway Company was incorporated in 1919 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. .

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