Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) have been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty-three analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have given a hold recommendation, thirteen have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $178.63.
UNP has been the subject of several recent research reports. Loop Capital downgraded Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $193.00 to $182.00 in a research note on Tuesday, March 19th. Deutsche Bank upgraded CYBERAGENT INC/ADR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 12th. Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded Royal Mail from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, June 17th. Cowen restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $187.00 price target (up from $178.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $44.00 price target on Schlumberger and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 22nd.
In related news, Director William J. Delaney III bought 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 20th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $174.06 per share, for a total transaction of $870,300.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $870,300. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Rhonda S. Ferguson sold 11,485 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $175.00, for a total value of $2,009,875.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 53,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,425,150. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.
Shares of UNP stock traded up $2.30 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $174.05. 2,036,418 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, 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 capitalization of $123.20 billion, a PE ratio of 21.28, a PEG ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 1.04. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $128.08 and a twelve month high of $180.02. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $169.48.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The railroad operator reported $1.93 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.89 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $5.38 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.51 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 30.73% and a net margin of 26.59%. The firm’s revenue was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.68 EPS. Sell-side analysts anticipate 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. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 30th. This represents a $3.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is 44.50%.
Union Pacific Company Profile
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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