MU Investments Co. Ltd. decreased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 3.0% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 42,700 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after selling 1,300 shares during the quarter. Union Pacific accounts for about 4.0% of MU Investments Co. Ltd.’s holdings, making the stock its 6th biggest position. MU Investments Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $5,770,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the business. E&G Advisors LP raised its stake in Union Pacific by 34.8% during the fourth quarter. E&G Advisors LP now owns 3,100 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $416,000 after buying an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. Convergence Investment Partners LLC raised its stake in Union Pacific by 42.0% during the fourth quarter. Convergence Investment Partners LLC now owns 29,221 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $3,919,000 after buying an additional 8,639 shares during the last quarter. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A raised its stake in Union Pacific by 38.4% during the fourth quarter. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A now owns 109,262 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $14,652,000 after buying an additional 30,334 shares during the last quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd increased its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 22.4% in the 4th quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd now owns 1,531,000 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $205,537,000 after purchasing an additional 280,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Legacy Private Trust Co. increased its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Legacy Private Trust Co. now owns 57,247 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $7,676,000 after purchasing an additional 760 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.62% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE UNP) opened at $127.28 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Union Pacific Co. has a fifty-two week low of $101.06 and a fifty-two week high of $143.05. The company has a market capitalization of $100,190.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.42, a P/E/G ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 0.84.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued 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). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The firm had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.39 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.73 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is presently 19.69%.

A number of research firms have commented on UNP. Argus lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $130.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $105.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, January 26th. Seaport Global Securities lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Scotiabank reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $148.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $130.40.

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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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