Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) PT Lowered to $255.00 at Barclays

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNPGet Rating) had its price target trimmed by Barclays from $290.00 to $255.00 in a report released on Tuesday morning, The Fly reports. The firm currently has an overweight rating on the railroad operator’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also commented on UNP. Susquehanna raised their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $306.00 to $310.00 and gave the stock a positive rating in a research report on Thursday, April 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $267.00 to $276.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a report on Friday, April 8th. TD Securities boosted their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $265.00 to $275.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. The Goldman Sachs Group raised their target price on Union Pacific from $271.00 to $276.00 in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Finally, Citigroup lowered Union Pacific from a buy rating to a neutral rating and cut their price target for the stock from $287.00 to $235.00 in a report on Thursday, May 19th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has an average rating of Moderate Buy and a consensus price target of $264.23.

NYSE UNP opened at $209.75 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $131.73 billion, a PE ratio of 19.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 1.22. Union Pacific has a one year low of $195.68 and a one year high of $278.94. The stock’s 50 day simple moving average is $224.68 and its 200 day simple moving average is $241.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.58, a current ratio of 0.71 and a quick ratio of 0.58.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNPGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21st. The railroad operator reported $2.57 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.55 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $5.86 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.76 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 50.20% and a net margin of 30.06%. The firm’s revenue was up 17.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $2.00 EPS. As a group, equities analysts expect that Union Pacific will post 11.61 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, May 31st will be paid a $1.30 dividend. This represents a $5.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.48%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 27th. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.18. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.43%.

In related news, EVP Kenyatta G. Rocker sold 4,018 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $250.00, for a total transaction of $1,004,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 41,177 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,294,250. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.28% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Orion Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Union Pacific in the 1st quarter valued at about $25,000. Rational Advisors LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 127.7% during the 4th quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 107 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 60 shares during the period. Aspire Private Capital LLC boosted its position in Union Pacific by 92.3% during the 1st quarter. Aspire Private Capital LLC now owns 100 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 48 shares during the period. Dravo Bay LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific during the 1st quarter worth $29,000. Finally, Delos Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific during the 4th quarter worth $30,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.26% of the company’s stock.

Union Pacific Company Profile (Get Rating)

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates in the railroad business in the United States. The company offers transportation services for grain and grain products, fertilizers, food and refrigerated products, and coal and renewables to grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers, and other agricultural users; petroleum, and liquid petroleum gases; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, soda ash, and sand, as well as finished automobiles, automotive parts, and merchandise in intermodal containers.

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