Union Pacific (UNP) Upgraded at Daiwa Capital Markets

Daiwa Capital Markets upgraded shares of Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) from a hold rating to an outperform rating in a report published on Thursday morning.

Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on UNP. BMO Capital Markets restated a buy rating and set a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Union Pacific from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. UBS Group upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Barclays restated a buy rating and set a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $122.65.

Shares of Union Pacific (UNP) opened at $141.17 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The firm has a market cap of $111,120.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.99, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.90. Union Pacific has a 52-week low of $101.06 and a 52-week high of $141.81.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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 firm had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.32 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 21.84% and a return on equity of 23.35%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.36 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Union Pacific will post 5.79 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were given a $0.665 dividend. This represents a $2.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 29th. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 47.08%.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Gainplan LLC increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 0.6% in the second quarter. Gainplan LLC now owns 2,230 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $243,000 after acquiring an additional 13 shares during the period. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 0.5% in the second quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 3,330 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $363,000 after acquiring an additional 17 shares during the period. Highland Private Wealth Management increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 0.9% in the second quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management now owns 1,996 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $217,000 after acquiring an additional 18 shares during the period. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 0.3% in the second quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 6,579 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $716,000 after acquiring an additional 20 shares during the period. Finally, Janney Capital Management LLC increased 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. 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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