Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-two ratings firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, fourteen have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $113.30.

Several research firms recently commented on UNP. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Friday. Off Wall Street began coverage on shares of Union Pacific Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co boosted their price objective on shares of Union Pacific Corporation from $106.00 to $113.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Aegis lowered shares of Union Pacific Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $120.00 to $122.00 in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. lowered shares of Union Pacific Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $120.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNP. Advantage Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 263.7% during the first quarter. Advantage Investment Management LLC now owns 953 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $101,000 after purchasing an additional 691 shares during the last quarter. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC raised its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 96.3% during the first quarter. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC now owns 1,021 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 501 shares during the last quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 36.3% during the first quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC now owns 1,028 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $111,000 after purchasing an additional 274 shares during the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. raised its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 46.6% during the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 1,070 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $117,000 after purchasing an additional 340 shares during the last quarter. Finally, SRS Capital Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Corporation by 147.2% during the first quarter. SRS Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 1,152 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $122,000 after purchasing an additional 686 shares during the last quarter. 78.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE UNP) traded up 0.87% during trading on Friday, hitting $112.99. 4,982,723 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $90.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.49 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $112.08 and a 200 day moving average price of $108.69. Union Pacific Corporation has a 12 month low of $87.06 and a 12 month high of $116.93.

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The railroad operator reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.39 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $5.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.19 billion. Union Pacific Corporation had a net margin of 21.79% and a return on equity of 22.70%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.17 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Union Pacific Corporation will post $5.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st were issued a dividend of $0.605 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $2.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.14%. Union Pacific Corporation’s payout ratio is 43.84%.

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About Union Pacific Corporation

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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