Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) – Oppenheimer Holdings dropped their Q3 2016 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Union Pacific Corp. in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. Oppenheimer Holdings analyst S. Schneeberger now expects that the firm will post earnings per share of $1.39 for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $1.40. Oppenheimer Holdings has a “Market Perform” rating on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings also issued estimates for Union Pacific Corp.’s Q4 2016 earnings at $1.34 EPS and FY2016 earnings at $5.06 EPS.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.17. Union Pacific Corp. had a net margin of 21.48% and a return on equity of 21.29%. The firm earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.80 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.38 EPS. Union Pacific Corp.’s revenue was down 12.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Earnings History and Estimates for Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP)

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Vetr cut shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $90.44 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, August 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $109.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 4th. Citigroup Inc. set a $106.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 13th. Barclays PLC increased their target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. from $91.00 to $104.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, September 12th. Finally, Argus restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $96.12.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) opened at 98.07 on Monday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $95.28 and a 200 day moving average of $88.93. Union Pacific Corp. has a 52-week low of $67.06 and a 52-week high of $98.84. The company has a market cap of $81.68 billion, a PE ratio of 19.09 and a beta of 0.84.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. West Oak Capital LLC increased its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 6.2% in the third quarter. West Oak Capital LLC now owns 1,094 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 64 shares during the period. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new stake in Union Pacific Corp. during the second quarter valued at $108,000. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 4.9% in the third quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 1,167 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 55 shares during the period. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 22.4% in the second quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC now owns 1,364 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the period. Finally, Community Bank N.A. increased its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 41.9% in the second quarter. Community Bank N.A. now owns 1,422 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $124,000 after buying an additional 420 shares during the period. 78.14% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other Union Pacific Corp. news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of Union Pacific Corp. stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total value of $485,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,614,020. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of Union Pacific Corp. stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total transaction of $952,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,348,858.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.14% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st were paid a $0.55 dividend. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.24%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 42.80%.

Union Pacific Corp. Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. Union Pacific Railroad Company links approximately 20 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing link in the supply chain. The Company’s business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal.

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