Investors purchased shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) on weakness during trading on Wednesday after an insider sold shares in the company. $113.21 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $43.96 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $69.25 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Union Pacific Corp. had the 8th highest net in-flow for the day. Union Pacific Corp. traded down ($0.63) for the day and closed at $95.91Specifically, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.24, for a total value of $952,400.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,348,858.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total transaction of $485,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,614,020. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.14% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on UNP shares. Vetr upgraded shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.92 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Argus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Morgan Stanley set a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 18th. Citigroup Inc. set a $106.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 13th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $106.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, September 13th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $96.12.

The company has a market capitalization of $79.88 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.67 and a beta of 0.84. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $95.36 and a 200-day moving average price of $89.25.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.17. Union Pacific Corp. had a net margin of 21.48% and a return on equity of 21.29%. The company earned $4.77 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.80 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.38 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.04 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced 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 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 42.80%.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in UNP. Delphi Private Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of 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 in the last quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division increased its position in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Motco increased its position in shares of 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 in the last quarter. MCF Advisors LLC increased 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Blue Chip Partners Inc. increased 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 in the last quarter. 78.14% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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