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

Investors sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading on Thursday. $80.69 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $111.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $30.33 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Union Pacific had the 31st highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $0.65 for the day and closed at $140.35

UNP has been the subject of several analyst reports. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, September 15th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $116.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Union Pacific from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $102.00 to $100.00 in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Citigroup downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $120.00 target price for the company. in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Aegis downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and increased their target price for the company from $120.00 to $122.00 in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $121.21.

The stock has a market cap of $110,480.00, a PE ratio of 24.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a current ratio of 1.16.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $5.41 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.32 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 21.84% and a return on equity of 23.35%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.36 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Co. will post 5.78 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th were given a dividend of $0.665 per share. This represents a $2.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.90%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 47.08%.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Gainplan LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 0.6% during the second quarter. Gainplan LLC now owns 2,230 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $243,000 after purchasing an additional 13 shares during the period. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV boosted its position in Union Pacific by 0.5% during the second quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 3,330 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $363,000 after purchasing an additional 17 shares during the period. Highland Private Wealth Management boosted its position in Union Pacific by 0.9% during the second quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management now owns 1,996 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $217,000 after purchasing an additional 18 shares during the period. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 0.3% during the second quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 6,579 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $716,000 after purchasing an additional 20 shares during the period. Finally, Janney Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific by 1.1% in the second quarter. Janney Capital Management LLC now owns 2,158 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $235,000 after acquiring an additional 24 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.45% 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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