Traders Sell Shares of Union Pacific (UNP) on Strength (UNP)

Investors sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading on Wednesday. $107.64 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $132.32 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $24.68 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Union Pacific had the 20th highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $2.27 for the day and closed at $132.50

A number of brokerages recently commented on UNP. TD Securities lowered their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $100.00 to $104.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Monday, November 13th. They set a “sell” rating and a $103.00 target price for the company. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Daiwa Capital Markets upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Union Pacific presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $130.40.

The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. The company has a market capitalization of $103,280.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.19, a P/E/G ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.84.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The business had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.44 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.39 earnings per share. Union Pacific’s quarterly revenue was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.73 dividend. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.20%. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.56%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of UNP. Acropolis Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific during the fourth quarter worth about $107,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew its position in Union Pacific by 46.6% during the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 1,070 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 340 shares during the period. Icon Wealth Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $119,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 33.3% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,200 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $131,000 after purchasing an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Exane Derivatives grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 55,600.0% in the fourth quarter. Exane Derivatives now owns 1,114 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $149,000 after purchasing an additional 1,112 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 78.41% of the company’s stock.

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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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