Investors Sell Union Pacific (UNP) on Strength (UNP)

Traders sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading hours on Tuesday. $92.61 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $157.84 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $65.23 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Union Pacific had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $1.65 for the day and closed at $130.70

Several research analysts recently weighed in on UNP shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $123.00 to $127.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Aegis lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $120.00 to $122.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $100.00 to $104.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $120.00.

The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The stock has a market capitalization of $102,580.00, a P/E ratio of 23.09, a P/E/G ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 0.90.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.32 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.35% and a net margin of 21.84%. The firm’s revenue was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.36 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. will post 5.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a $0.665 dividend. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. This represents a $2.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 47.08%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. FMR LLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 84.6% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 9,603,068 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,045,870,000 after buying an additional 4,399,980 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 990.5% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,243,574 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $244,339,000 after buying an additional 2,037,834 shares in the last quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 88.7% in the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 4,060,423 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $442,221,000 after buying an additional 1,908,175 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its stake in Union Pacific by 59.3% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 4,773,609 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $519,785,000 after buying an additional 1,776,644 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board raised its stake in Union Pacific by 88.5% in the third quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 3,558,005 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $412,622,000 after buying an additional 1,670,095 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.63% of the company’s stock.

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Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad operating company in the United States. The Company operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR). Its business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Its freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business.

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