Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) had its price objective boosted by stock analysts at UBS Group from $161.00 to $185.00 in a research report issued on Thursday, September 20th, The Fly reports. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the railroad operator’s stock. UBS Group’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 21.19% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other brokerages have also recently issued reports on UNP. Stifel Nicolaus set a $151.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, May 24th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on shares of Union Pacific from $158.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Loop Capital boosted their target price on shares of Union Pacific to $153.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Finally, Robert W. Baird upped their price objective on shares of Union Pacific from $144.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, June 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $160.94.

Shares of NYSE:UNP opened at $152.65 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $120.41 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.36, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.81. Union Pacific has a 12 month low of $108.71 and a 12 month high of $165.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The railroad operator reported $1.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.94 by $0.04. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 23.63% and a net margin of 51.31%. The company had revenue of $5.67 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.65 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.45 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, analysts anticipate that Union Pacific will post 7.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Union Pacific news, EVP Lynden L. Tennison sold 8,450 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $151.72, for a total value of $1,282,034.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 53,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,189,542.16. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $163.81, for a total transaction of $3,276,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $17,448,713.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in UNP. Morgan Stanley grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 2.8% in the 2nd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 15,035,819 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,130,275,000 after acquiring an additional 413,967 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 55.7% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 5,526,282 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $782,980,000 after acquiring an additional 1,977,446 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 1.8% in the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,110,636 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $724,075,000 after acquiring an additional 91,243 shares during the period. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 1.9% in the 2nd quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 3,718,928 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $526,898,000 after acquiring an additional 68,502 shares during the period. Finally, Egerton Capital UK LLP grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Egerton Capital UK LLP now owns 3,279,188 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $464,595,000 after acquiring an additional 10,130 shares during the period. 80.43% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Union Pacific

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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