Brokerages expect that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will report earnings of $2.16 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have provided estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $2.13 and the highest estimate coming in at $2.21. Union Pacific reported earnings per share of $2.12 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 1.9%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Thursday, January 23rd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $8.52 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.38 to $8.66. For the next year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $9.64 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.43 to $9.85. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 17th. The railroad operator reported $2.22 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.29 by ($0.07). Union Pacific had a net margin of 27.28% and a return on equity of 32.65%. The business had revenue of $5.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.65 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $2.15 EPS. Union Pacific’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on UNP shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $188.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, November 28th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their target price on Union Pacific from $182.00 to $185.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 18th. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, October 28th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $162.00 target price on the stock. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $172.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday, October 17th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on Union Pacific from $190.00 to $188.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $178.86.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 13.8% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 135,942 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $22,989,000 after purchasing an additional 16,477 shares during the period. First Foundation Advisors grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 164.1% during the 2nd quarter. First Foundation Advisors now owns 5,237 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $886,000 after acquiring an additional 3,254 shares in the last quarter. Dakota Wealth Management grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 51.6% during the 2nd quarter. Dakota Wealth Management now owns 6,875 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $1,163,000 after acquiring an additional 2,340 shares in the last quarter. Edgestream Partners L.P. increased its position in Union Pacific by 666.8% during the 2nd quarter. Edgestream Partners L.P. now owns 88,678 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $14,996,000 after purchasing an additional 77,113 shares during the period. Finally, Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the 2nd quarter valued at about $2,092,000. 77.69% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE UNP opened at $172.00 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.89, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35. Union Pacific has a 12-month low of $128.08 and a 12-month high of $180.54. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $172.97 and its 200-day moving average price is $168.84. The stock has a market capitalization of $118.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.74, a P/E/G ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 1.07.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 30th. Investors of record on Friday, November 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.97 per share. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 27th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 49.05%.

Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.

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