Vertical Research initiated coverage on shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) in a research note released on Tuesday morning. The firm issued a hold rating on the railroad operator’s stock.

UNP has been the subject of several other research reports. Vetr lowered shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $91.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 14th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. They set a market perform rating for the company. Loop Capital reiterated a hold rating on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research note on Friday, September 9th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a hold rating and set a $94.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research report on Sunday, August 21st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific Corp. has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $96.12.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) opened at 96.54 on Tuesday. Union Pacific Corp. has a 52-week low of $67.06 and a 52-week high of $98.84. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $95.37 and a 200 day moving average of $89.20. The company has a market capitalization of $80.41 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.80 and a beta of 0.84.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, meeting 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 business earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.80 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.38 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.04 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st were issued a dividend of $0.55 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 29th. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.28%. Union Pacific Corp.’s payout ratio is currently 42.80%.

In other Union Pacific Corp. news, EVP Cameron A. Scott sold 6,484 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.44, for a total transaction of $638,284.96. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 71,320 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,020,740.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total transaction of $952,400.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,348,858.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Delphi Private Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 0.8% in the second quarter. Delphi Private Advisors LLC now owns 1,547 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 13 shares during the last quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division boosted its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 0.5% in the third quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division now owns 3,489 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $340,000 after buying an additional 18 shares during the last quarter. Motco boosted its stake in Union Pacific Corp. by 1.2% in the second quarter. Motco now owns 1,731 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $151,000 after buying an additional 21 shares during the last quarter. MCF Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 1.2% in the second quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 1,782 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $155,000 after buying an additional 21 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Blue Chip Partners Inc. boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.3% in the second quarter. Blue Chip Partners Inc. now owns 7,678 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $670,000 after buying an additional 24 shares during the last quarter. 78.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Union Pacific Corp.

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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