Analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will report sales of $5.38 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings. The highest sales estimate is $5.47 billion and the lowest is $5.28 billion. Union Pacific reported sales of $5.17 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 4.1%. The business is scheduled to report its next earnings report on Thursday, January 18th.

On average, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year sales of $5.38 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $21.07 billion to $21.26 billion. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report sales of $22.09 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $21.63 billion to $22.60 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.32 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.35% and a net margin of 21.84%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.36 EPS.

UNP has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Argus lifted their price objective on Union Pacific from $125.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered Union Pacific from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $102.00 to $100.00 in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $120.00.

Shares of Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) opened at $130.60 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $102,575.96, a P/E ratio of 23.02, a PEG ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.90. Union Pacific has a 1 year low of $101.06 and a 1 year high of $132.39. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.16 and a quick ratio of 0.97.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a $0.665 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $2.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.04%. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 47.00%.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of UNP. Gainplan LLC increased its position in Union Pacific by 0.6% during the second quarter. Gainplan LLC now owns 2,230 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $243,000 after acquiring an additional 13 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV increased its position in Union Pacific by 0.5% during the second quarter. Advisors Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 3,330 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $363,000 after acquiring an additional 17 shares during the last quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management increased its position in Union Pacific by 0.9% during the second quarter. Highland Private Wealth Management now owns 1,996 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $217,000 after acquiring an additional 18 shares during the last quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC increased its position in Union Pacific by 0.3% during the second quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 6,579 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $716,000 after acquiring an additional 20 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janney Capital Management LLC increased its position in Union Pacific by 1.1% during the second quarter. Janney Capital Management LLC now owns 2,158 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $235,000 after acquiring an additional 24 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.63% of the company’s stock.

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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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