Union Pacific (UNP) Price Target Raised to $145.00 at Loop Capital

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) had its price objective raised by Loop Capital from $137.00 to $145.00 in a research report sent to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. They currently have a hold rating on the railroad operator’s stock.

UNP has been the subject of a number of other research reports. TD Securities reduced their price objective on Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Daiwa Capital Markets raised Union Pacific from a hold rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Wolfe Research raised Union Pacific from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Robert W. Baird reissued a hold rating on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Finally, UBS reduced their price objective on Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $138.95.

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Shares of UNP stock opened at $137.08 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $104,676.25, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Union Pacific has a fifty-two week low of $101.06 and a fifty-two week high of $143.05.



Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The business had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.39 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Union Pacific will post 7.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th were issued a dividend of $0.73 per share. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 50.43%.

In related news, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 15,576 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.79, for a total transaction of $2,083,913.04. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 65,613 shares in the company, valued at $8,778,363.27. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total value of $3,434,750.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $14,634,508.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UNP. Chemical Bank raised its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Chemical Bank now owns 36,883 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $4,946,000 after buying an additional 1,636 shares during the period. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 46,358 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $6,217,000 after buying an additional 967 shares during the period. Certified Advisory Corp bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the fourth quarter valued at $175,000. Ackerman Capital Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the fourth quarter valued at $302,000. Finally, Fairfield Bush & CO. raised its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. Fairfield Bush & CO. now owns 15,509 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,080,000 after buying an additional 808 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.90% of the company’s stock.

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About Union Pacific

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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