Shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty-eight analysts that are covering the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have issued a hold recommendation and thirteen have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $95.49.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on UNP shares. Vetr upgraded Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.92 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, June 27th. Argus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Morgan Stanley set a $100.00 price target on Union Pacific Corp. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 18th. Citigroup Inc. set a $106.00 price target on Union Pacific Corp. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 13th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, September 13th.

Shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) opened at 95.03 on Monday. Union Pacific Corp. has a 52-week low of $67.06 and a 52-week high of $98.28. The stock has a market cap of $79.15 billion, a PE ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.92. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $94.21 and its 200-day moving average price is $87.67.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.17. The firm earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.80 billion. Union Pacific Corp. had a return on equity of 21.29% and a net margin of 21.48%. The firm’s revenue was down 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.38 EPS. Analysts expect that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st will be given a $0.55 dividend. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s payout ratio is currently 42.80%.

In other Union Pacific Corp. news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total value of $485,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,614,020. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total value of $952,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at $14,348,858.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.14% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $108,000. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 22.4% in the second quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC now owns 1,364 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $119,000 after buying an additional 250 shares in the last quarter. Community Bank N.A. raised its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 41.9% in the second quarter. Community Bank N.A. now owns 1,422 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 420 shares in the last quarter. Arcadia Investment Management Corp MI raised its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 164.4% in the second quarter. Arcadia Investment Management Corp MI now owns 1,507 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 937 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Delphi Private Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.8% in the second quarter. Delphi Private Advisors LLC now owns 1,547 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 13 shares in the last quarter. 78.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Union Pacific Corp. Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. Union Pacific Railroad Company links approximately 20 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing link in the supply chain. The Company’s business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal.

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