Investors Buy Shares of Union Pacific (UNP) on Weakness

Investors bought shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on weakness during trading on Monday. $93.30 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $73.42 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $19.88 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Union Pacific had the 26th highest net in-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded down ($0.26) for the day and closed at $130.02

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on UNP. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Bank of America raised their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $150.00 to $159.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Cowen reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $139.00 price target (down previously from $140.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, Citigroup raised shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $136.10.

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The firm has a market capitalization of $101,527.85, a P/E ratio of 22.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.44 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.39 EPS. research analysts predict that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th were issued a $0.73 dividend. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.25%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 50.43%.

In other Union Pacific news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total value of $3,434,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 106,518 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,634,508.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, 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 completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 65,613 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,778,363.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Acropolis Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $107,000. Icon Wealth Partners LLC bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $119,000. Exane Derivatives raised its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 55,600.0% during 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 in the last quarter. Certified Advisory Corp bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $175,000. Finally, Aevitas Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $185,000. Institutional investors own 79.95% 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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