Wall Street brokerages expect that Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) will report earnings per share (EPS) of $2.40 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Five analysts have provided estimates for Union Pacific’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $2.32 and the highest estimate coming in at $2.57. Union Pacific posted earnings per share of $2.15 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 11.6%. The business is expected to announce its next earnings report on Thursday, October 24th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Union Pacific will report full-year earnings of $8.95 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.77 to $9.10. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $10.04 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.47 to $10.50. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Union Pacific.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 18th. The railroad operator reported $2.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.12 by $0.10. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 31.74% and a net margin of 26.95%. The firm had revenue of $5.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.62 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.98 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several analysts have recently commented on the company. Raymond James set a $197.00 price objective on Union Pacific and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 19th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $184.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Thursday, July 18th. Deutsche Bank increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $197.00 to $206.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 19th. Barclays lowered Union Pacific from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $190.00 to $170.00 in a report on Thursday, June 13th. Finally, Bank of America increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $179.00 to $185.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, September 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $183.62.

Shares of UNP traded up $3.74 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $171.45. 3,159,977 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,558,711. Union Pacific has a 1 year low of $128.08 and a 1 year high of $180.54. The firm’s fifty day moving average is $167.08 and its 200-day moving average is $169.40. The company has a current ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 0.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26. The stock has a market capitalization of $118.06 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 1.06.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 30th. Investors of record on Friday, August 30th will be paid a $0.97 dividend. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.88. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 29th. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 49.05%.

In related news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 8,620 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.04, for a total value of $1,551,944.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 94,943 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,093,537.72. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 9.96% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC grew its position in Union Pacific by 673.7% during the 1st quarter. Camarda Financial Advisors LLC now owns 147 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $25,000 after purchasing an additional 128 shares during the period. Krane Funds Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Union Pacific during the 2nd quarter worth about $25,000. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC grew its position in Union Pacific by 368.6% during the 1st quarter. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC now owns 164 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 129 shares during the period. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC acquired a new stake in Union Pacific during the 1st quarter worth about $29,000. Finally, River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP acquired a new stake in Union Pacific during the 2nd quarter worth about $29,000. Institutional investors own 78.35% of the company’s stock.

About Union Pacific

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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