Virtus Fund Advisers LLC Buys 19,806 Shares of Union Pacific Co. (UNP)

Virtus Fund Advisers LLC boosted its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 4.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 481,568 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after buying an additional 19,806 shares during the period. Virtus Fund Advisers LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $64,578,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Acropolis Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Union Pacific in the fourth quarter worth $107,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 33.3% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,200 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. Exane Derivatives grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 55,600.0% during the 4th quarter. Exane Derivatives now owns 1,114 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 1,112 shares in the last quarter. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 4th quarter worth $200,000. Finally, Yorkville Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the 2nd quarter worth $202,000. Institutional investors own 79.90% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE UNP) opened at $136.98 on Tuesday. Union Pacific Co. has a 12-month low of $101.06 and a 12-month high of $143.05. The firm has a market capitalization of $106,889.48, a PE ratio of 10.13, a P/E/G ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 1.02.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The company had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.39 EPS. Union Pacific’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.59 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be given a dividend of $0.73 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 21.60%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on UNP shares. UBS raised Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Finally, TD Securities dropped their price target on Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. Union Pacific has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $133.70.

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About Union Pacific

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP)

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