BidaskClub upgraded shares of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report released on Friday.

Several other analysts have also issued reports on UNP. Stifel Nicolaus restated a hold rating and issued a $118.00 price objective (up previously from $112.00) on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Citigroup Inc. restated a buy rating and issued a $120.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Union Pacific Corporation from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Wolfe Research lowered Union Pacific Corporation from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Cowen and Company upped their price objective on Union Pacific Corporation from $109.00 to $117.00 and gave the company a market perform rating in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Union Pacific Corporation currently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $113.28.

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) opened at 104.31 on Friday. Union Pacific Corporation has a 52 week low of $87.06 and a 52 week high of $115.15. The company has a market capitalization of $83.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.92 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $105.39 and a 200-day moving average price of $107.55.

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The railroad operator reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.39 by $0.06. Union Pacific Corporation had a return on equity of 22.70% and a net margin of 21.79%. The business had revenue of $5.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.19 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.17 earnings per share. Union Pacific Corporation’s revenue was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Corporation will post $5.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st will be given a dividend of $0.605 per share. This represents a $2.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.84%.

In related news, EVP Cameron A. Scott sold 17,604 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.60, for a total transaction of $1,894,190.40. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 95,470 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,272,572. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Advantage Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 263.7% in the first quarter. Advantage Investment Management LLC now owns 953 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 691 shares in the last quarter. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 96.3% in the first quarter. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC now owns 1,021 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $108,000 after buying an additional 501 shares in the last quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 36.3% in the first quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC now owns 1,028 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $111,000 after buying an additional 274 shares in the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 46.6% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 1,070 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 340 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SRS Capital Advisors Inc. increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 147.2% in the first quarter. SRS Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 1,152 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $122,000 after buying an additional 686 shares in the last quarter. 79.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Union Pacific Corporation 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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