Zacks: Analysts Expect Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) to Post $2.16 EPS


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Analysts predict that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will announce earnings of $2.16 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have made estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $2.00 to $2.28. Union Pacific reported earnings of $2.15 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 0.5%. The business is scheduled to report its next earnings results before the market opens on Thursday, April 22nd.

On average, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $9.48 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.23 to $9.83. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $10.57 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $10.05 to $11.00. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that cover Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 20th. The railroad operator reported $2.36 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.25 by $0.11. The firm had revenue of $5.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.14 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 31.71% and a net margin of 27.40%. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $2.02 EPS.

UNP has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. TD Securities increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $225.00 to $230.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 11th. UBS Group increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $219.00 to $230.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 22nd. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on Union Pacific from $170.00 to $180.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday. Smith Barney Citigroup raised their price target on Union Pacific from $215.00 to $250.00 in a report on Monday, January 11th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Monday, January 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $204.96.

NYSE:UNP opened at $221.34 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $148.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $141.22 and a twelve month high of $224.62. The business has a 50 day moving average price of $212.90 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $205.09.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 31st. Investors of record on Friday, February 26th were paid a $0.97 dividend. This represents a $3.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 25th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.30%.

In other news, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 1,491 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $215.00, for a total transaction of $320,565.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 34,124 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,336,660. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Todd M. Rynaski sold 7,698 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $212.00, for a total value of $1,631,976.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 17,197 shares in the company, valued at $3,645,764. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UNP. Advisory Alpha LLC acquired a new position in shares of Union Pacific in the third quarter worth approximately $78,000. Lombard Odier Asset Management Switzerland SA bought a new stake in Union Pacific in the third quarter worth approximately $454,000. AQR Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 11.6% in the third quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 168,842 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $33,240,000 after purchasing an additional 17,501 shares in the last quarter. Earnest Partners LLC increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 14.5% in the third quarter. Earnest Partners LLC now owns 129,581 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $25,511,000 after purchasing an additional 16,455 shares in the last quarter. Finally, EP Wealth Advisors LLC increased its holdings in Union Pacific by 3.0% in the third quarter. EP Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 94,388 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $18,582,000 after purchasing an additional 2,731 shares in the last quarter. 77.83% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. The company offers transportation services for grain and grain products, fertilizers, food and refrigerated products, and coal and renewables to grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers, and other agricultural users; coal and sand, petroleum, and liquid petroleum gases; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as finished automobiles, automotive parts, and merchandise in intermodal containers.

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