Investors purchased shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) on weakness during trading on Thursday following insider selling activity. $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 equities tracked, Union Pacific Corp. had the 4th highest net in-flow for the day. Union Pacific Corp. traded down ($0.63) for the day and closed at $95.91Specifically, EVP Cameron A. Scott sold 6,484 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.44, for a total value of $638,284.96. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 71,320 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,020,740.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was 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 directly owns 150,660 shares in the company, valued at $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 brokerages recently weighed in on UNP. Vetr downgraded shares of Union Pacific Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $90.44 target price on the stock. in a research note 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 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 4th. 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. Barclays PLC raised their target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. from $91.00 to $104.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Finally, Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific Corp. in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Three research 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 a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $96.12.

The company has a market capitalization of $80.58 billion, a PE ratio of 18.84 and a beta of 0.84. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $95.40 and a 200-day moving average of $89.30.

Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.17. The company had revenue of $4.77 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.80 billion. Union Pacific Corp. had a return on equity of 21.29% and a net margin of 21.48%. Union Pacific Corp.’s quarterly revenue was down 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.38 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Union Pacific Corp. will post $5.04 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 31st were given a $0.55 dividend. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.27%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 29th. Union Pacific Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.80%.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in UNP. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.9% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 50,939,957 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $4,444,511,000 after buying an additional 448,539 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 0.6% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 32,925,462 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,619,216,000 after buying an additional 195,196 shares during the period. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 37.2% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 17,675,862 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,406,114,000 after buying an additional 4,787,909 shares during the period. Dodge & Cox increased its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 24.0% in the second quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 15,188,949 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,325,236,000 after buying an additional 2,936,275 shares during the period. Finally, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its position in shares of Union Pacific Corp. by 7.7% in the second quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 14,465,153 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $1,262,084,000 after buying an additional 1,035,158 shares during the period. 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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