Union Pacific (UNP) Rating Reiterated by BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reiterated their buy rating on shares of Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning. They currently have a $150.00 price target on the railroad operator’s stock.

UNP has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, November 13th. They issued a sell rating and a $103.00 target price on the stock. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $100.00 to $104.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Argus lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $125.00 to $130.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Union Pacific from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, UBS Group lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $115.00 to $126.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $122.65.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) traded up $0.65 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $140.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,103,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,399,663. Union Pacific has a 12 month low of $101.06 and a 12 month high of $141.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.16 and a quick ratio of 0.97. The stock has a market capitalization of $111,120.00, a P/E ratio of 24.84, a P/E/G ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.90.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.35% and a net margin of 21.84%. The company had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.32 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.36 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Union Pacific will post 5.78 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a $0.665 dividend. This represents a $2.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.90%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 47.08%.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of UNP. First Command Financial Services Inc. increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 39.3% during the 4th quarter. First Command Financial Services Inc. now owns 4,252 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $570,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares during the period. Broadleaf Partners LLC purchased a new stake in Union Pacific during the 4th quarter worth about $2,176,000. Addenda Capital Inc. increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 7.4% during the 4th quarter. Addenda Capital Inc. now owns 30,038 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $4,028,000 after purchasing an additional 2,065 shares during the period. First PREMIER Bank increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 3.2% during the 4th quarter. First PREMIER Bank now owns 31,758 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $4,259,000 after purchasing an additional 999 shares during the period. Finally, Acropolis Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Union Pacific during the 4th quarter worth about $107,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.45% 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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