Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) Upgraded to Buy by ValuEngine

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, ValuEngine reports.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Raymond James reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of West Fraser Timber in a research report on Monday, April 22nd. Deutsche Bank raised CYBERAGENT INC/ADR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 12th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $170.00 target price on Union Pacific and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 23rd. BMO Capital Markets set a $44.00 target price on Schlumberger and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 22nd. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of 1&1 Drillisch in a research report on Thursday, June 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $176.57.

Shares of UNP stock traded up $2.30 on Friday, reaching $174.05. 2,036,400 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,635,014. Union Pacific has a 52 week low of $128.08 and a 52 week high of $180.02. The company has a quick ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 0.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32. The company has a market cap of $120.03 billion, a PE ratio of 22.00, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.04. The business has a fifty day moving average of $169.48.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The railroad operator reported $1.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.04. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 30.73% and a net margin of 26.59%. The firm had revenue of $5.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.51 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.68 EPS. Union Pacific’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 8.96 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director William J. Delaney III purchased 5,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 20th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $174.06 per share, with a total value of $870,300.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $870,300. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Rhonda S. Ferguson sold 11,485 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $175.00, for a total value of $2,009,875.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 53,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,425,150. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC grew its stake in Union Pacific by 673.7% during the 1st quarter. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC now owns 147 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $25,000 after buying an additional 128 shares during the last quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC grew its stake in Union Pacific by 368.6% during the 1st quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC now owns 164 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $27,000 after buying an additional 129 shares during the last quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the 1st quarter worth $29,000. Joseph P. Lucia & Associates LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the 1st quarter worth $30,000. Finally, Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the 4th quarter worth $42,000. 78.93% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.

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