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Union Pacific ( UNP)

Company Profile: Union Pacific is the largest American railroad, hauling everything from coal to containerized freight from Asia. Its company-owned right-of-way gives it an impregnable resource.

Investor Takeaway: Morningstar analyst Keith Schoonmaker writes that "more than other railroads, UP has upside potential in repricing old contracts, some of which lack effective fuel surcharges or fail to fully capitalize on the pricing power rails have enjoyed only recently." S&P analysts survey results in 13 "buys," nine "buy/holds," and six "hold" ratings, about as good as you'll find.

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