Brokerages Anticipate Union Pacific Co. (UNP) to Announce $1.66 EPS

Brokerages expect Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) to announce $1.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Six analysts have provided estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.41 to $1.75. Union Pacific posted earnings of $1.32 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 25.8%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 26th.

On average, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $7.51 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.40 to $7.80. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $8.32 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.74 to $8.75. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.44 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.39 EPS.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. Argus increased their target price on Union Pacific from $130.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Citigroup raised Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, January 26th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Union Pacific from $105.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Scotiabank reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $148.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $130.40.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) opened at $134.27 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $105,693.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.15, a P/E/G ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $101.06 and a twelve month high of $143.05.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.73 per share. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is 19.67%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Pathstone Family Office LLC boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 41.3% during the second quarter. Pathstone Family Office LLC now owns 178 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,304,000 after buying an additional 52 shares during the period. Acropolis Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter worth about $107,000. Icon Wealth Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter worth about $119,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 46.6% during the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 1,070 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 340 shares during the period. Finally, Exane Derivatives lifted its position in Union Pacific by 55,600.0% in the fourth quarter. Exane Derivatives now owns 1,114 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $149,000 after purchasing an additional 1,112 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.41% of the company’s stock.

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About Union Pacific

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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