Capital Analysts LLC Grows Stake in Union Pacific Co. (UNP)

Capital Analysts LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 2,292.4% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 32,250 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 30,902 shares during the period. Capital Analysts LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $3,449,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNP. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in Union Pacific by 1.9% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 61,505,708 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $6,698,588,000 after buying an additional 1,146,109 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Union Pacific by 2.8% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 52,135,522 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $6,991,373,000 after buying an additional 1,434,475 shares during the period. FMR LLC grew its position in Union Pacific by 84.6% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 9,603,068 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,045,870,000 after buying an additional 4,399,980 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its position in Union Pacific by 1.1% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 8,468,882 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,135,678,000 after buying an additional 88,371 shares during the period. Finally, Capital World Investors grew its position in Union Pacific by 0.7% during the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 7,328,002 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $798,093,000 after buying an additional 50,000 shares during the period. 79.90% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Union Pacific stock opened at $131.94 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $105,104.86, a P/E ratio of 9.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 0.83. Union Pacific Co. has a 12-month low of $101.06 and a 12-month high of $143.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.83.

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 company had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.39 EPS. Union Pacific’s revenue was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.59 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be given a dividend of $0.73 per share. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.21%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is currently 21.60%.

In related news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total transaction of $3,434,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $14,634,508.02. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

UNP has been the subject of several recent research reports. UBS upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Citigroup upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Finally, Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $133.70.

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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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