Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the twenty-three ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have issued a hold recommendation, thirteen have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $178.63.

UNP has been the subject of a number of research reports. TD Securities boosted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $170.00 to $180.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 22nd. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of CYBERAGENT INC/ADR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Valmont Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Cowen restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $187.00 price objective (up from $178.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $36.00 price objective on ArcBest and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 8th.

In other Union Pacific news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 1,380 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.01, for a total value of $248,413.80. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 94,943 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,090,689.43. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Rhonda S. Ferguson sold 11,485 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $175.00, for a total value of $2,009,875.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 53,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,425,150. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of UNP. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 673.7% during the 1st quarter. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC now owns 147 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $25,000 after purchasing an additional 128 shares during the last quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 368.6% during the 1st quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC now owns 164 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 129 shares during the last quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 1st quarter valued at about $29,000. Joseph P. Lucia & Associates LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 1st quarter valued at about $30,000. Finally, Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 4th quarter valued at about $42,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.95% of the company’s stock.

UNP traded up $2.46 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $175.15. 2,957,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,617,841. The firm has a market cap of $123.40 billion, a PE ratio of 22.14, a P/E/G ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32, a current ratio of 0.75 and a quick ratio of 0.60. The stock’s fifty day moving average is $169.63. Union Pacific has a 52-week low of $128.08 and a 52-week high of $180.02.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The railroad operator reported $1.93 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.89 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $5.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.51 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 26.59% and a return on equity of 30.73%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.68 EPS. On average, research analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 8.93 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 31st were paid a $0.88 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 30th. This represents a $3.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.01%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 44.50%.

Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.

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