Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) Share Price
News headlines about Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.3751534680598 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- Financial Review: Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) and YRC Worldwide (YRCW) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Why Union Pacific Consolidated Its Sales and Marketing Division (finance.yahoo.com)
- Can CSX Catch Up to the Other Rails? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Union Pacific Celebrates Rail Safety Week in Communities (finance.yahoo.com)
- Union Pacific Corp. : UNP-US: Dividend Analysis : August 31st, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : September 22, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) traded down 0.09% during trading on Friday, hitting $115.34. The company had a trading volume of 2,297,582 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $92.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.92 and a beta of 0.81. Union Pacific Corporation has a 52-week low of $87.06 and a 52-week high of $115.68. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $105.56 and its 200 day moving average is $107.35.
Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly 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. The firm had revenue of $5.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.19 billion. Union Pacific Corporation had a net margin of 21.79% and a return on equity of 22.70%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.17 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Union Pacific Corporation will post $5.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.605 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $2.42 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.10%. Union Pacific Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.84%.
A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Wolfe Research lowered Union Pacific Corporation from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. BidaskClub upgraded Union Pacific Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and issued a $116.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Sunday, September 17th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $118.00 target price (up previously from $112.00) on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned 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 $113.38.
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In related news, EVP Cameron A. Scott sold 17,604 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.60, for a total transaction of $1,894,190.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 95,470 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,272,572. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.
About Union Pacific Corporation
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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