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How to buy Canadian National Railway Company (CNR) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Canadian National Railway Company shares.

Canadian National Railway Company is a railroads business based in Canada. Canadian National Railway Company stocks (CNR.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$155.19 – a decrease of 0.82% over the previous week. Canadian National Railway Company employs 23,765 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$14.4 billion.

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

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How has Coronavirus impacted Canadian National Railway Company's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Canadian National Railway Company's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was C$155.38, which is 20.36% up on its pre-crash value of C$123.75 and 68.87% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as C$92.01.

If you had bought C$1,000 worth of Canadian National Railway Company stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth C$798.34 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth C$1,258.58.

Canadian National Railway Company stock price (TO:CNR)

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Canadian National Railway Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-27.
Latest market closeC$155.38
52-week rangeC$123.48 - C$168.04
50-day moving average C$162.71
200-day moving average C$144.97
Wall St. target priceC$159.00
PE ratio 23.6325
Dividend yield C$2.42 (1.55%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$6.63

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Canadian National Railway Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$155.38 from 2021-12-31

1 week (2021-12-24) -0.82%
1 month (2021-12-03) -5.45%
3 months (2021-10-01) 4.22%
6 months (2021-07-02) 18.11%
1 year (2020-12-31) 11.03%
2 years (2020-01-03) 31.23%
3 years (2019-01-03) 57.33%
5 years (2017-01-03) 71.69%

Is Canadian National Railway Company under- or over-valued?

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

Canadian National Railway Company's P/E ratio

Canadian National Railway Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Canadian National Railway Company shares trade at around 24x recent earnings.

Canadian National Railway Company's PEG ratio

Canadian National Railway Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.99. 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 Company'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 Company's EBITDA

Canadian National Railway Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$7.4 billion.

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

Canadian National Railway Company financials

Revenue TTM C$14.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 40.42%
Gross profit TTM C$7.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.82%
Return on equity TTM 23.01%
Profit margin 32.78%
Book value C$30.62
Market capitalisation C$110.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Canadian National Railway Company'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 Company.

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 Company'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 Company'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 Company 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 Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.37/100

Canadian National Railway Company'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 Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian National Railway Company's social score

Social score: 14.63/100

Canadian National Railway Company'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 Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Canadian National Railway Company's governance score

Governance score: 7.77/100

Canadian National Railway Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Canadian National Railway Company 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 Company'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 Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Canadian National Railway Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Canadian National Railway Company share dividends

43%

Dividend payout ratio: 43.39% of net profits

Recently Canadian National Railway Company has paid out, on average, around 43.39% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.57% 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 Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.57% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Canadian National Railway Company's case, that would currently equate to about C$2.42 per share.

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

Canadian National Railway Company's most recent dividend payout was on 30 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Canadian National Railway Company's shares ever split?

Canadian National Railway Company'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 Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Canadian National Railway Company shares which in turn could have impacted Canadian National Railway Company's share price.

Canadian National Railway Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Canadian National Railway Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$123.4774 up to C$168.0377. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNR.TO volatility(beta: 0.64)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 Company's is 0.6425. This would suggest that Canadian National Railway Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Canadian National Railway Company overview

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail and related transportation business. Its 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. The company operates a network of 19,500 route miles of track spanning Canada and the United States. It also provides vessels and docks, transloading and distribution, automotive logistics, and freight forwarding and transportation management services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. .

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