Union Bankshares Corp reduced its position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 5.6% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 5,645 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after selling 338 shares during the period. Union Bankshares Corp’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $780,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNP. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC boosted its stake in Union Pacific by 104.4% in the 2nd quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 8,046 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,140,000 after purchasing an additional 4,110 shares in the last quarter. Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Union Pacific by 681.4% in the 2nd quarter. Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC now owns 15,065 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $257,000 after purchasing an additional 13,137 shares in the last quarter. Cozad Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Union Pacific in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $791,000. DF Dent & Co. Inc. boosted its stake in Union Pacific by 29.9% in the 2nd quarter. DF Dent & Co. Inc. now owns 3,705 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $525,000 after purchasing an additional 852 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bruderman Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in Union Pacific by 15.0% in the 2nd quarter. Bruderman Asset Management LLC now owns 8,087 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,146,000 after purchasing an additional 1,057 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.21% of the company’s stock.

UNP traded up $0.22 during trading on Monday, reaching $153.44. 576,764 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,507,663. Union Pacific Co. has a 1 year low of $121.22 and a 1 year high of $165.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 0.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $110.78 billion, a PE ratio of 26.50, a P/E/G ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.97.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The railroad operator reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.10 by $0.05. Union Pacific had a net margin of 51.90% and a return on equity of 25.02%. The company had revenue of $5.93 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.88 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.50 EPS. As a group, analysts predict that Union Pacific Co. will post 7.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 30th were given a dividend of $0.80 per share. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 29th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is presently 55.27%.

A number of analysts recently commented on UNP shares. Morgan Stanley cut shares of Union Pacific from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $141.00 to $134.00 in a research note on Monday, October 22nd. Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $151.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Tuesday, September 18th. UBS Group lifted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $161.00 to $185.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 20th. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, November 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $164.72.

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Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, and food and beverage products; automotive, such as finished vehicles and automotive parts; and chemicals comprising industrial chemicals, plastics, fertilizers, petroleum and liquid petroleum gases, crude oil, and soda ash.

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