A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE: UNP):

  • 9/14/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “We are impressed with Union Pacific’s efforts to reward its investors through share buybacks and dividend payments. The company has an impressive history of making dividend payments for 117 consecutive years. The announcement for the latest quarterly installment of $0.55 per share was made in late July. Apart from dividend payouts, we are encouraged by the company's prudent cost management. The company is on track to achieve its operating ratio guidance of around 60% by 2019. However, it continues to struggle due to coal-related headwinds, which are primarily responsible for the bearish projections regarding volumes in third quarter and full-year 2016. Moreover, the derailment of a Union Pacific train in Oregon has again raised concerns regarding rail safety. Also, the opening of the expanded Panama Canal may hurt the company’s business as it operates exclusively in the western half of the country.”
  • 9/13/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was given a new $106.00 price target on by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 9/13/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $106.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $91.25 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $91.00 to $104.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/9/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Loop Capital.
  • 9/6/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “We are concerned about the company's continuous struggles due to coal related headwinds. Moreover, the derailment of a Union Pacific train in Oregon, carrying crude oil, has again raised concerns on rail safety. Also, with the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, the company’s business might suffer as it operates exclusively in the western half of the country. We are, however, impressed by the company's efforts to reward shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. The company's efforts to reduce costs are also encouraging. The company, which achieved an operating ratio of 65.2% in the second quarter, is on track to achieve its guidance of 60% by 2019.”
  • 8/21/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a $94.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/18/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was given a new $100.00 price target on by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/17/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. They now have a $90.44 price target on the stock.
  • 8/13/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Loop Capital. They now have a $93.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/11/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. is now covered by analysts at Atlantic Securities. They set an “overweight” rating and a $114.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/8/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. They now have a $91.00 price target on the stock.
  • 7/25/2016 – Union Pacific Corp. had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Argus. They now have a $100.00 price target on the stock.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) traded up 1.37% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $94.42. The stock had a trading volume of 1,128,740 shares. Union Pacific Corp. has a 1-year low of $67.06 and a 1-year high of $98.28. The company has a market cap of $78.64 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.38 and a beta of 0.92. The company’s 50 day moving average is $94.10 and its 200 day moving average is $87.61.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.17. Union Pacific Corp. had a return on equity of 21.29% and a net margin of 21.48%. The business earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.80 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.38 earnings per share. Union Pacific Corp.’s quarterly revenue was down 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.55 per share. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s payout ratio is currently 42.80%.

In other Union Pacific Corp. news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total transaction of $952,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at $14,348,858.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total transaction of $485,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,614,020. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

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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