Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) had its price objective hoisted by investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets to $190.00 in a report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. The firm presently has an “outperform” rating on the railroad operator’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price points to a potential upside of 7.55% from the company’s current price.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $187.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday. Citigroup raised their price objective on shares of Union Pacific from $180.00 to $195.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 27th. Finally, Loop Capital downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $193.00 to $182.00 in a report on Tuesday, March 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. Union Pacific has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $171.16.

UNP opened at $176.66 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 0.75. Union Pacific has a fifty-two week low of $126.37 and a fifty-two week high of $177.77. The stock has a market cap of $127.70 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.33, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 1.11.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly 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. Union Pacific had a net margin of 26.59% and a return on equity of 30.73%. The company had revenue of $5.38 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.51 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.68 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 8.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Union Pacific declared that its board has authorized a stock repurchase program on Thursday, February 7th that allows the company to repurchase 150,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization allows the railroad operator to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

In other news, VP Todd M. Rynaski sold 8,802 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $170.00, for a total value of $1,496,340.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 19,731 shares in the company, valued at $3,354,270. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $170.01, for a total transaction of $1,700,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 94,943 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,141,259.43. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 9.96% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Cambridge Trust Co. lifted its position in Union Pacific by 1.6% during the first quarter. Cambridge Trust Co. now owns 309,455 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $51,741,000 after purchasing an additional 4,801 shares during the last quarter. Clear Harbor Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 4.1% in the 1st quarter. Clear Harbor Asset Management LLC now owns 15,267 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,553,000 after acquiring an additional 601 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 33.3% in the 1st quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 633,099 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $105,854,000 after acquiring an additional 158,040 shares during the last quarter. WESPAC Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 12.9% in the 1st quarter. WESPAC Advisors LLC now owns 18,361 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $3,070,000 after acquiring an additional 2,105 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Barometer Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the 1st quarter worth approximately $5,106,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.69% of the company’s stock.

About Union Pacific

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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