Traders Sell Shares of Union Pacific (UNP) on Strength (UNP)

Investors sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading hours on Wednesday. $107.64 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $132.32 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $24.68 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Union Pacific had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $2.27 for the day and closed at $132.50

Several brokerages recently issued reports on UNP. Citigroup upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Argus raised their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $130.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $105.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. UBS Group dropped their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, TD Securities dropped their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $130.40.

The firm has a market cap of $104,299.86, a PE ratio of 9.97, a P/E/G ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Beach Investment Management LLC. increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 2,877.6% in the 2nd quarter. Beach Investment Management LLC. now owns 92,900 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $10,118,000 after acquiring an additional 89,780 shares during the last quarter. California Capital Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. California Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 20,418 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,224,000 after acquiring an additional 340 shares during the last quarter. Giverny Capital Inc. increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. Giverny Capital Inc. now owns 250,151 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,244,000 after acquiring an additional 3,803 shares during the last quarter. Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new stake in Union Pacific in the 2nd quarter valued at $739,000. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP bought a new stake in Union Pacific in the 2nd quarter valued at $18,952,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.41% 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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