Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock traders acquired 12,179 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 835% compared to the average volume of 1,303 put options.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Citigroup lowered shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $120.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Union Pacific from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $102.00 to $100.00 in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus increased their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $118.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $118.53.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Blue Chip Partners Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 9.1% during the first quarter. Blue Chip Partners Inc. now owns 8,420 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $892,000 after buying an additional 699 shares during the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 11.1% during the first quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 916,143 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $97,038,000 after purchasing an additional 91,180 shares during the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 0.4% during the first quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 98,228 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $10,404,000 after purchasing an additional 386 shares during the last quarter. Segment Wealth Management LLC boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 10.3% during the first quarter. Segment Wealth Management LLC now owns 23,409 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,479,000 after purchasing an additional 2,188 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Buckingham Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in Union Pacific by 14.4% during the first quarter. Buckingham Asset Management LLC now owns 6,127 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $649,000 after purchasing an additional 772 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.64% of the company’s stock.

Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) opened at $124.62 on Friday. Union Pacific has a 52 week low of $101.06 and a 52 week high of $127.86. The stock has a market cap of $99,576.85, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.35, a PEG ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.89. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a current ratio of 1.16.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.01. Union Pacific had a net margin of 21.84% and a return on equity of 23.35%. The business had revenue of $5.41 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.32 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.36 earnings per share. Union Pacific’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 5.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.665 per share. This represents a $2.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 47.00%.

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Union Pacific Company Profile

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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