Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) was upgraded by investment analysts at Ardour Capital from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

UNP has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Bank of America upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. TD Securities reduced their price objective on Union Pacific from $175.00 to $170.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 18th. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $172.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Thursday, October 17th. UBS Group reduced their price objective on Union Pacific from $193.00 to $184.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $192.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Monday, December 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. Union Pacific has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $180.68.

Union Pacific stock traded up $0.90 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $180.80. The stock had a trading volume of 2,746,479 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,868,999. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $149.09 and a twelve month high of $182.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $123.53 billion, a PE ratio of 22.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 1.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.89. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $177.64 and its 200 day simple moving average is $170.56.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 17th. The railroad operator reported $2.22 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.29 by ($0.07). The company had revenue of $5.52 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.65 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 32.65% and a net margin of 27.28%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $2.15 EPS. Equities analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 8.49 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 5,342 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.62, for a total transaction of $916,794.04. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 63,021 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,815,664.02. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 9.96% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in UNP. Nuveen Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 1,957.4% during the second quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 8,164,209 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,380,648,000 after acquiring an additional 7,767,384 shares during the last quarter. Johanson Financial Advisors Inc. increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 17,670.0% during the fourth quarter. Johanson Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 2,456,353 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $13,589,000 after acquiring an additional 2,442,530 shares during the last quarter. Invesco Ltd. increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 106.4% during the second quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 4,282,775 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $724,260,000 after acquiring an additional 2,207,908 shares during the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 15,152.8% during the third quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 1,792,513 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $290,351,000 after acquiring an additional 1,780,761 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its position in shares of Union Pacific by 10.9% during the third quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 12,804,736 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,074,113,000 after acquiring an additional 1,253,490 shares during the last quarter. 77.55% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.

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