Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) – Equities research analysts at Seaport Global Securities decreased their Q1 2017 EPS estimates for shares of Union Pacific in a research note issued on Monday. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Levin now forecasts that the brokerage will post earnings per share of $1.23 for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $1.32. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Union Pacific’s FY2019 earnings at $7.35 EPS.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 19th. The railroad operator reported $1.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.33 by $0.06. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 20.88% and a net margin of 21.23%. The company earned $5.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.09 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.31 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .8% on a year-over-year basis.

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Other analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Wells Fargo & Co began coverage on Union Pacific in a report on Monday, March 13th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $115.00 price target for the company. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on Union Pacific from $98.00 to $102.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 20th. Buckingham Research began coverage on Union Pacific in a report on Wednesday, January 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $102.00 price target for the company. Aegis boosted their price target on Union Pacific from $115.00 to $120.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 20th. Finally, Barclays PLC upgraded Union Pacific from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $104.00 to $122.00 in a report on Monday, January 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Union Pacific has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $104.24.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) opened at 105.08 on Tuesday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $107.80 and its 200-day moving average price is $100.98. The company has a market cap of $85.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.73 and a beta of 0.71. Union Pacific has a 52-week low of $77.29 and a 52-week high of $111.38.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 28th will be given a dividend of $0.605 per share. This represents a $2.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.30%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 24th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is presently 47.64%.

In other news, Director Andrew H. Card, Jr. sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.53, for a total transaction of $438,120.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,400 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,453,472. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.89, for a total value of $106,890.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 50,583 shares in the company, valued at $5,406,816.87. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. West Oak Capital LLC increased its position in Union Pacific by 6.2% in the third quarter. West Oak Capital LLC now owns 1,094 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 64 shares during the last quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. increased its position in Union Pacific by 4.9% in the third quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 1,167 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 55 shares during the last quarter. Farmers & Merchants Trust Co of Chambersburg PA purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $116,000. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. increased its position in Union Pacific by 379.6% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 1,247 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 987 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at about $135,000. 79.43% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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