Union Pacific Co. (UNP) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty-six analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $139.00.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Loop Capital raised their price target on Union Pacific from $137.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 16th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $148.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th. Deutsche Bank upgraded Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Bank of America raised their price target on Union Pacific from $150.00 to $159.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th.

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UNP traded down $2.33 on Friday, hitting $135.66. 4,246,834 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,923,357. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.83. Union Pacific has a 12 month low of $101.06 and a 12 month high of $143.05. The firm has a market cap of $105,720.52, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.43, a PEG ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.79.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The company had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. Union Pacific’s revenue was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Union Pacific will post 7.56 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th were given a $0.73 dividend. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.15%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 50.43%.

In other news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total value of $3,434,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,634,508.02. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 15,576 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.79, for a total value of $2,083,913.04. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 65,613 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,778,363.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Clear Perspective Advisors LLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 3.9% during the second quarter. Clear Perspective Advisors LLC now owns 11,097 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,209,000 after buying an additional 412 shares during the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA raised its stake in Union Pacific by 0.8% during the second quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 19,617 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,137,000 after buying an additional 151 shares during the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 990.5% during 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 during the last quarter. Colonial Trust Advisors raised its stake in Union Pacific by 28.1% during the second quarter. Colonial Trust Advisors now owns 79,344 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $8,641,000 after buying an additional 17,401 shares during the last quarter. Finally, FTB Advisors Inc. raised its stake in Union Pacific by 36.9% during the second quarter. FTB Advisors Inc. now owns 64,181 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $6,907,000 after buying an additional 17,311 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 79.90% 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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