$1.91 EPS Expected for Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) This Quarter

Wall Street analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will post earnings of $1.91 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have provided estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.78 and the highest is $2.01. Union Pacific posted earnings of $1.93 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 1%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, April 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $9.26 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.96 to $9.55. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will report earnings of $10.31 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.77 to $10.65. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that cover Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 23rd. The railroad operator reported $2.02 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.03 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a net margin of 27.27% and a return on equity of 32.86%. The company had revenue of $5.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.24 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $2.12 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 9.5% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on UNP shares. Deutsche Bank boosted their target price on Union Pacific from $185.00 to $215.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 27th. TD Securities boosted their target price on Union Pacific from $185.00 to $190.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 24th. Wells Fargo & Co boosted their price target on Union Pacific from $193.00 to $205.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, January 24th. Benchmark assumed coverage on Union Pacific in a report on Friday, January 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $206.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Ardour Capital upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $192.30.

NYSE UNP opened at $184.00 on Wednesday. Union Pacific has a 1-year low of $149.09 and a 1-year high of $188.96. The company has a current ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $182.03 and a 200-day moving average of $172.29. The firm has a market cap of $127.45 billion, a PE ratio of 21.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 1.09.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 28th will be issued a dividend of $0.97 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 27th. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.11%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 46.30%.

In other Union Pacific news, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 5,342 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.62, for a total transaction of $916,794.04. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 63,021 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,815,664.02. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jennifer L. Hamann sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $183.00, for a total value of $183,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 62,331 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,406,573. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 9.96% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of UNP. Selective Wealth Management Inc. bought a new position in Union Pacific in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $25,000. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 10.1% during the 3rd quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 163,196 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after buying an additional 14,927 shares during the period. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 78.8% during the 3rd quarter. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. now owns 186 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $30,000 after buying an additional 82 shares during the period. Bourgeon Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 3rd quarter valued at $30,000. Finally, Simon Quick Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 177.9% during the 4th quarter. Simon Quick Advisors LLC now owns 189 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $34,000 after buying an additional 121 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 77.86% of the company’s stock.

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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