Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Investors bought 12,179 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 835% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,303 put options.

Several brokerages have commented on UNP. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $118.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, August 25th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $100.00 to $104.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Union Pacific in a report on Monday, November 13th. They set a “sell” rating and a $103.00 target price on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $118.53.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UNP. Gainplan LLC boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Gainplan LLC now owns 2,230 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $243,000 after buying an additional 13 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 3,330 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $363,000 after buying an additional 17 shares during the last quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management now owns 1,996 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $217,000 after buying an additional 18 shares during the last quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 6,579 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $716,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janney Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter. Janney Capital Management LLC now owns 2,158 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $235,000 after buying an additional 24 shares during the last quarter. 78.64% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) opened at $124.62 on Friday. Union Pacific has a 12-month low of $101.06 and a 12-month high of $127.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.16 and a quick ratio of 0.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $99,576.85, a PE ratio of 22.35, a PEG ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.89.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.35% and a net margin of 21.84%. The firm had revenue of $5.41 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.32 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.36 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 5.78 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be given a $0.665 dividend. This represents a $2.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is presently 47.00%.

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Union Pacific 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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