Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) had its price objective boosted by Morgan Stanley from $140.00 to $141.00 in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. They currently have a hold rating on the railroad operator’s stock.

A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on UNP. ValuEngine downgraded Union Pacific from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on Union Pacific from $169.00 to $167.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Cowen reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $151.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised Union Pacific from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $155.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 18th. Finally, UBS Group lifted their target price on Union Pacific from $160.00 to $161.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $160.94.

NYSE:UNP opened at $152.65 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 1.03. The stock has a market capitalization of $120.41 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.36, a P/E/G ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.81. Union Pacific has a 52-week low of $108.71 and a 52-week high of $165.63.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The railroad operator reported $1.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.94 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $5.67 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.65 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.63% and a net margin of 51.31%. Union Pacific’s quarterly revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.45 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Union Pacific will post 7.77 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Friday, August 31st were issued a dividend of $0.80 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 30th. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.10%. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.73. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 55.27%.

In related news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 20,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $163.81, for a total transaction of $3,276,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $17,448,713.58. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Lynden L. Tennison sold 8,450 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $151.72, for a total value of $1,282,034.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 53,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,189,542.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 9.0% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 2,439,928 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $327,999,000 after acquiring an additional 202,340 shares during the period. Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 2.0% during the first quarter. Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC now owns 381,422 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $51,275,000 after acquiring an additional 7,595 shares during the period. Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the first quarter worth approximately $2,869,000. Ostrum Asset Management bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific during the first quarter worth approximately $1,327,000. Finally, Vestor Capital LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 12.0% during the first quarter. Vestor Capital LLC now owns 38,600 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $5,189,000 after acquiring an additional 4,135 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.43% of the company’s stock.

Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, and food and beverage products; automotive, such as finished vehicles and automotive parts; and chemicals comprising industrial chemicals, plastics, fertilizers, petroleum and liquid petroleum gases, crude oil, and soda ash.

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