Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-three brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $178.63.
Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of EXPERIAN PLC/ADR from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley set a $36.00 target price on shares of ArcBest and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 8th. Sanford C. Bernstein raised shares of Royal Mail from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, June 17th. Citigroup set a $20.00 target price on shares of Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised shares of CYBERAGENT INC/ADR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 12th.
In other Union Pacific news, Director William J. Delaney III acquired 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $174.06 per share, with a total value of $870,300.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $870,300. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 1,380 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.01, for a total transaction of $248,413.80. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 94,943 shares in the company, valued at $17,090,689.43. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.
A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Gantzert Investment Co. LLC ADV bought a new position in Union Pacific during the fourth quarter worth about $1,408,000. LPL Financial LLC boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 5.2% during the fourth quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 175,441 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $24,251,000 after buying an additional 8,723 shares during the last quarter. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 0.6% during the fourth quarter. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. now owns 100,697 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $13,919,000 after buying an additional 611 shares during the last quarter. Laurel Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new position in Union Pacific during the fourth quarter worth about $1,728,000. Finally, Norinchukin Bank The boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 10.7% during the fourth quarter. Norinchukin Bank The now owns 410,442 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $56,735,000 after buying an additional 39,818 shares during the last quarter. 78.93% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
NYSE UNP traded up $2.30 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $174.05. The stock had a trading volume of 2,036,418 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,916,674. 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 has a market cap of $123.20 billion, a PE ratio of 21.28, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 1.04. Union Pacific has a one year low of $128.08 and a one year high of $180.02. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $169.48.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 18th. The railroad operator reported $1.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $5.38 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.51 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 26.59% and a return on equity of 30.73%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.68 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Union Pacific will post 8.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 31st were given a dividend of $0.88 per share. This represents a $3.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 30th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.50%.
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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