Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated their buy rating on shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning. They currently have a $106.00 target price on the railroad operator’s stock.

Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Vetr raised shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $86.92 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, June 27th. Argus reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a report on Monday, July 25th. Morgan Stanley set a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Citigroup Inc. set a $106.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, September 13th. Finally, Barclays PLC increased their price target on shares of Union Pacific Corp. from $91.00 to $104.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $95.62.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) opened at 92.38 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $76.94 billion, a PE ratio of 17.99 and a beta of 0.92. Union Pacific Corp. has a 1-year low of $67.06 and a 1-year high of $98.28. The company has a 50 day moving average of $94.09 and a 200 day moving average of $87.14.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.17. The firm had revenue of $4.77 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.80 billion. Union Pacific Corp. had a net margin of 21.48% and a return on equity of 21.29%. The firm’s revenue was down 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.38 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.03 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st will be issued a $0.55 dividend. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.38%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 42.80%.

In other news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total transaction of $485,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,614,020. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total value of $952,400.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,348,858.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.14% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.9% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 50,939,957 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $4,444,511,000 after buying an additional 448,539 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.6% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 32,925,462 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,619,216,000 after buying an additional 195,196 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 37.2% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 17,675,862 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,406,114,000 after buying an additional 4,787,909 shares during the last quarter. Dodge & Cox boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 24.0% in the second quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 15,188,949 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,325,236,000 after buying an additional 2,936,275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 7.7% in the second quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 14,465,153 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,262,084,000 after buying an additional 1,035,158 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.12% of the company’s stock.

About Union Pacific Corp.

Union Pacific Corporation operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. Union Pacific Railroad Company links approximately 20 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing link in the supply chain. The Company’s business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal.

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