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

Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-six analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $131.78.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on UNP. Citigroup raised shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Argus lifted their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $130.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $105.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. UBS Group cut their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, TD Securities cut their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, January 26th.

Shares of Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) traded up $1.37 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $134.97. 2,515,523 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,780,000. Union Pacific has a 12-month low of $101.06 and a 12-month high of $143.05. The company has a market cap of $105,180.00, a P/E ratio of 22.61, a P/E/G ratio of 1.67 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 (NYSE:UNP) last announced 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 net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The firm had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 7.51 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a $0.73 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This is an increase 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 2.16%. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 44.56%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 1.9% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 61,505,708 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $6,698,588,000 after buying an additional 1,146,109 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 2.8% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 52,135,522 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $6,991,373,000 after purchasing an additional 1,434,475 shares during the period. FMR LLC grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 84.6% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 9,603,068 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,045,870,000 after purchasing an additional 4,399,980 shares during the period. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 19.5% during the fourth quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 8,608,925 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,154,457,000 after purchasing an additional 1,403,429 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 1.1% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 8,468,882 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,135,678,000 after purchasing an additional 88,371 shares during the period. 78.41% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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