American Water Works Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

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American Water Works Company (AWK) is the largest publicly traded water company serving approximately 15 million people in U.S. and Canada. It operates approximately 81 surface water treatment plants with approximately 500 groundwater treatment plants and 1,000 groundwater wells; 100 wastewater treatment facilities, 1,200 treated water storage facilities, 1,400 pumping stations, 81 dams, and 49,000 miles of mains and collection pipes.

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American Water Works appears to have turned the company around and cleaned up its books since facing a lot of challenges a few years ago. Earnings and free cash flow have turned positive and dividends have continued to grow over the years. The company provides a great opportunity for investors looking to water exposure, although it appears to be a bit overvalued currently.

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Kansas City Southern Dividend Stock Analysis

Kansas City Southern (KSU) is the smallest of the North American Class 1 railroad companies. The company commands 6,500 miles of rail network serving southern US with seamless cross-border service to Mexico. The company serves 12 Gulf ports and 1 Pacific Ocean port. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Kansas City Southern.

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Kansas City Southern own 100% of subsidiary Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V. (“KCSM”), which has a 50-year concession from the Mexican government and could expire in 2047 unless extended – to operate the KCSM arm. The company directly competes with Ferrocarril Mexicano, aka FerroMex (which is partly owned by Union Pacific) inside Mexico.

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Norfolk Southern Dividend Stock Anlaysis

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Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) is the fifth largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 20,000 miles of rail network serving 22 states and 40+ ports. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Norfolk Southern. Norfolk Southern operates and services the east coast of the US and directly competes with CSX Corp (CSX).

Railroads are the pulse of the economy. While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend. NSC sees continued pressure as coal made 17% of total revenue opportunity in 2015. NSC expects further weakness as coal volumes continue to drop. This article provides a detailed stock analysis for Norfolk Southern Corp.

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CSX Corp Dividend Stock Analysis

CSX Corp. (CSX) is the third largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 21,000 miles of rail network. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of CSX Corp. CSX Corp operates and services the east coast of the US and directly competes with Norfolk Southern (NSC). CSX Corp., however, has an advantage where it provides service to Florida, which NSC doesn’t.

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The Railroad Industry

Railroads are considered a wide moat industry, as it entails immense capital requirements and new entrants in the industry are almost unheard of. Railroads are the pulse of the economy. Whether transporting crude, lumber, merchandise, agricultural or industrial products, railroads are what keeps the economy moving. Railroads are often closely observed by economists and analysts to get a sense of how the overall economy is doing. It is also considered a leading indicator for any recessions or slowdowns.

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Canadian National Dividend Stock Analysis

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Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO)(CNI) is the second largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 20,000 miles of rail network and the only railroad serving three coasts. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Canadian National.

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Canadian National is one of the best run companies in the industry. The company continues to churn out impressive numbers year after year. Qualitatively, the CN also maintains an impressive strategic advantages such as the Chicago bypass, which other railroads have to face and deal with the delays.

Railroads are the pulse of the economy. While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend, although coal plays a very small role and CN escapes the issues faced by other competitors in the industry. CN operates at a great margin and has demonstrated to be the best in class.

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