Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. They currently have a $89.88 target price on the railroad operator’s stock. Vetr‘s target price suggests a potential downside of 5.42% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other brokerages have also recently issued reports on UNP. Loop Capital reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Friday, September 9th. Morgan Stanley set a $100.00 target price on Union Pacific Corp. and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 18th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $94.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Sunday, August 21st. Zacks Investment Research cut Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 6th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG cut Union Pacific Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $94.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $95.56.

Analyst Recommendations for Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP)

Shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) traded up 2.03% on Wednesday, hitting $95.03. The stock had a trading volume of 2,523,985 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $94.21 and its 200 day moving average price is $87.67. Union Pacific Corp. has a 52-week low of $67.06 and a 52-week high of $98.28. The firm has a market cap of $79.15 billion, a PE ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.92.

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Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.17. The business earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.80 billion. Union Pacific Corp. had a return on equity of 21.29% and a net margin of 21.48%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.38 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.03 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.55 per share. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 42.80%.

In related news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of Union Pacific Corp. stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total value of $485,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at $14,614,020. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of Union Pacific Corp. stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total value of $952,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,348,858.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Peddock Capital Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 17.2% in the first quarter. Peddock Capital Advisors LLC now owns 4,042 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $322,000 after buying an additional 594 shares during the last quarter. Private Trust Co. NA boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 6.9% in the first quarter. Private Trust Co. NA now owns 5,441 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $431,000 after buying an additional 353 shares during the last quarter. Sigma Planning Corp boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 2.8% in the first quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 11,601 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $923,000 after buying an additional 312 shares during the last quarter. Laurel Grove Capital LLC boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 3.3% in the first quarter. Laurel Grove Capital LLC now owns 48,450 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $3,854,000 after buying an additional 1,550 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bridge Creek Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 6.2% in the first quarter. Bridge Creek Capital Management LLC now owns 30,735 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,445,000 after buying an additional 1,790 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.14% of the company’s stock.

Union Pacific Corp. Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. Union Pacific Railroad Company links approximately 20 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing link in the supply chain. The Company’s business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal.

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