News articles about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.4277553022964 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
NYSE:UNP traded up $1.39 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $145.66. The stock had a trading volume of 3,556,746 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,694,547. Union Pacific has a one year low of $101.06 and a one year high of $146.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a current ratio of 0.82. The company has a market capitalization of $110.08 billion, a PE ratio of 25.16, a PEG ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.79.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.68 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.66 by $0.02. Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.73% and a return on equity of 22.16%. The firm had revenue of $5.47 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.39 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.32 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 7.59 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 31st will be paid a $0.73 dividend. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 30th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is presently 50.43%.
A number of research firms recently weighed in on UNP. Citigroup raised shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $151.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Bank of America boosted their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $150.00 to $159.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and set a $148.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. Finally, TD Securities dropped their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $140.50.
In other news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 20th. The shares were 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 $14,634,508.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 15,576 shares of the company’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 transaction 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. 0.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, and food and beverage products; automotive, such as finished vehicles and automotive parts; and chemicals comprising industrial chemicals, plastics, fertilizers, petroleum and liquid petroleum gases, crude oil, and soda ash.
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