Several other research analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. TD Securities boosted their price objective on shares of Union Pacific from $170.00 to $180.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday, April 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Jack Henry & Associates from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, March 27th. Morgan Stanley set a $36.00 price objective on shares of ArcBest and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday, July 8th. Cowen restated an outperform rating and set a $187.00 price objective (up previously from $178.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, Cascend Securities downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Union Pacific currently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $178.90.
Union Pacific stock opened at $175.30 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $123.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a current ratio of 0.72. Union Pacific has a fifty-two week low of $128.08 and a fifty-two week high of $180.02. The stock’s fifty day moving average price is $169.67.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 28th. Investors of record on Friday, May 31st were paid a $0.88 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 30th. This represents a $3.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.01%. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 44.50%.
In other Union Pacific news, Director William J. Delaney III bought 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 20th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $174.06 per share, with a total value of $870,300.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $870,300. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 1,380 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.01, for a total transaction of $248,413.80. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 94,943 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,090,689.43. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.
Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 673.7% in the first quarter. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC now owns 147 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $25,000 after buying an additional 128 shares in the last quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 368.6% in the first quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC now owns 164 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after buying an additional 129 shares in the last quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific in the first quarter valued at about $29,000. Joseph P. Lucia & Associates LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific in the first quarter valued at about $30,000. Finally, Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific in the fourth quarter valued at about $42,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.95% of the company’s stock.
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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