Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 20,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $163.81, for a total transaction of $3,276,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $17,448,713.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Shares of UNP stock traded up $0.04 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $163.22. 5,094,500 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,345,269. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 1.03. The stock has a market cap of $122.01 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.27, a P/E/G ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.82. Union Pacific Co. has a twelve month low of $108.71 and a twelve month high of $165.63.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The railroad operator reported $1.98 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.94 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $5.67 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.65 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 51.31% and a return on equity of 23.63%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.45 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.76 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Friday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.80 per share. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.73. This represents a $3.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 30th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 55.27%.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Commonwealth Bank of Australia lifted its stake in Union Pacific by 9.2% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 77,962 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $10,842,000 after acquiring an additional 6,562 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley lifted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 2.8% in the second quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 15,035,819 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,130,275,000 after buying an additional 413,967 shares during the last quarter. Laurion Capital Management LP lifted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 350.6% in the second quarter. Laurion Capital Management LP now owns 129,764 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $18,385,000 after buying an additional 100,964 shares during the last quarter. Lowe Brockenbrough & Co. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 76.6% in the second quarter. Lowe Brockenbrough & Co. Inc. now owns 5,533 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $784,000 after buying an additional 2,400 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Putnam Investments LLC lifted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 44.9% in the second quarter. Putnam Investments LLC now owns 2,554,019 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $361,853,000 after buying an additional 791,990 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.38% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $125.00 to $136.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $176.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 19th. UBS Group lifted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $161.00 to $185.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 20th. Cowen reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $153.00 target price (up from $140.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Finally, Loop Capital raised shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Union Pacific currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $152.86.

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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