Weekly Research Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Union Pacific (UNP)

Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP):

  • 2/1/2018 – Union Pacific had its price target raised by analysts at Argus from $130.00 to $155.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Union Pacific had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $105.00 to $125.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Union Pacific had its price target lowered by analysts at UBS Group AG from $164.00 to $162.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Union Pacific had its price target lowered by analysts at TD Securities from $155.00 to $150.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Union Pacific was downgraded by analysts at Seaport Global Securities from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating. They noted that the move was a valuation call. They noted that the move was a valuation call.
  • 1/26/2018 – Union Pacific had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Robert W. Baird.
  • 1/25/2018 – Union Pacific had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Scotiabank. They now have a $148.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/15/2018 – Union Pacific was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $157.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Union Pacific have outperformed its industry as well as fellow railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corporation over the last six months. While Union Pacific has gained 29.5%, the industry it belongs to and Norfolk Southern have rallied 15.5% and 25%, respectively, in the same time period. We expect volume growth to aid Union Pacific's results in the fourth quarter of 2017. Key segments like intermodal and chemicals should drive growth. Detailed results should be out on Jan 25. The company's efforts to reward shareholders through share buybacks and dividend payouts are also impressive. Its efforts to cut costs to drive its bottom line are encouraging too. The positive sentiment surrounding the stock can be made out from the fact that the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter earnings has been revised 0.7% upward over the last 60 days. However, declining automotive volumes and high debt levels are concerning.”
  • 1/11/2018 – Union Pacific was given a new $150.00 price target on by analysts at Scotiabank. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 1/11/2018 – Union Pacific was upgraded by analysts at Daiwa Capital Markets from a “hold” rating to an “outperform” rating.
  • 1/8/2018 – Union Pacific had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/6/2018 – Union Pacific was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Union Pacific have underperformed its industry over the past year due to multiple headwinds like the hurricanes. Moreover, the company's high debt levels are a potent threat. Declining automotive volumes due to sluggish vehicle production in the United States are added concerns. Volumes in its automotive unit have declined 3% on a year-to-date basis. Additionally, higher fuel prices may hinder operating ratio. We are, however, imperessed by the company's efforts to reward shareholders through dividends and buybacks. Efforts to check costs also bode well for the stock.”
  • 1/5/2018 – Union Pacific was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/5/2018 – Union Pacific was upgraded by analysts at Wolfe Research from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating.

Union Pacific Co. (UNP) opened at $127.28 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $100,190.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.84. Union Pacific Co. has a twelve month low of $101.06 and a twelve month high of $143.05.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The firm had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.39 EPS. Union Pacific’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.52 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a $0.73 dividend. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is currently 19.70%.

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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