Zacks: Analysts Anticipate Union Pacific Co. (UNP) Will Post Earnings of $1.66 Per Share

Analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will post $1.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Six analysts have made estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.41 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.75. Union Pacific posted earnings per share of $1.32 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 25.8%. The firm is expected to report its next earnings results on Thursday, April 26th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $7.40 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.35 to $7.80. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $8.30 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.74 to $8.75. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.44 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.39 EPS.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on UNP shares. UBS Group dropped their target price on Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Daiwa Capital Markets raised Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Union Pacific in a report on Monday, November 13th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $103.00 target price on the stock. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Union Pacific from $100.00 to $104.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 6th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $130.40.

Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) opened at $129.36 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $104,205.41, a P/E ratio of 9.57, a PEG ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $101.06 and a twelve month high of $143.05.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UNP. Patton Albertson Miller Group LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 3.8% during the fourth quarter. Patton Albertson Miller Group LLC now owns 14,415 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,933,000 after purchasing an additional 526 shares in the last quarter. Nicolet Bankshares Inc. boosted its position in Union Pacific by 12.9% during the fourth quarter. Nicolet Bankshares Inc. now owns 3,722 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $499,000 after purchasing an additional 425 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. boosted its position in Union Pacific by 1.4% during the fourth quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 91,967 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $12,333,000 after purchasing an additional 1,285 shares in the last quarter. Notis McConarty Edward boosted its position in Union Pacific by 45.4% during the fourth quarter. Notis McConarty Edward now owns 10,250 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,375,000 after purchasing an additional 3,200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Meeder Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in Union Pacific by 45.4% during the fourth quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 38,456 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $5,158,000 after purchasing an additional 12,008 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.70% 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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