Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 13.8% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel.com reports. The firm owned 6,438 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 782 shares during the period. Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $1,419,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Jeppson Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the third quarter worth $44,000. Park National Corp OH grew its holdings in Union Pacific by 0.3% during the 4th quarter. Park National Corp OH now owns 26,968 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $5,615,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Enterprise Bank & Trust Co raised its position in Union Pacific by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Enterprise Bank & Trust Co now owns 11,347 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $2,363,000 after purchasing an additional 145 shares during the period. Woodstock Corp lifted its stake in Union Pacific by 70.5% in the fourth quarter. Woodstock Corp now owns 3,316 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $690,000 after purchasing an additional 1,371 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Trust Co. of Toledo NA OH boosted its position in shares of Union Pacific by 34.3% during the fourth quarter. Trust Co. of Toledo NA OH now owns 14,527 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $3,025,000 after buying an additional 3,714 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.83% of the company’s stock.

NYSE UNP opened at $223.74 on Tuesday. The stock’s fifty day moving average price is $219.89 and its 200 day moving average price is $208.06. Union Pacific Co. has a 1 year low of $147.05 and a 1 year high of $228.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.06 and a quick ratio of 0.93. The company has a market cap of $148.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.50, a PEG ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 1.11.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 21st. The railroad operator reported $2.00 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.06 by ($0.06). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 31.71% and a net margin of 27.40%. The firm had revenue of $5 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.07 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.15 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Research analysts expect that Union Pacific Co. will post 8.02 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 26th were issued a $0.97 dividend. This represents a $3.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.73%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 25th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 46.30%.

UNP has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on Union Pacific from $180.00 to $190.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 29th. Barclays reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Monday, January 11th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft boosted their price objective on shares of Union Pacific from $239.00 to $252.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday. TD Securities boosted their price target on Union Pacific from $240.00 to $245.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 23rd. Finally, UBS Group raised their price objective on Union Pacific from $219.00 to $230.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $217.57.

In other news, VP Todd M. Rynaski sold 7,698 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $212.00, for a total value of $1,631,976.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 17,197 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,645,764. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 1,491 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $215.00, for a total value of $320,565.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 34,124 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,336,660. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Union Pacific Company Profile

Union Pacific Corp. engages in the provision of railroad and freight transportation services. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Co, operates as a railroad franchise. The Railroad’s diversified business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products, and intermodal.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP)

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