Union Pacific (UNP) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.4174006779908 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Union Pacific (NYSE UNP) traded up $0.82 on Monday, reaching $141.17. 3,268,800 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,162,922. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The stock has a market cap of $111,120.00, a P/E ratio of 24.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.90. Union Pacific has a 1 year low of $101.06 and a 1 year high of $141.81.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The railroad operator reported $1.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.32 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 21.84% and a return on equity of 23.35%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.36 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 5.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a dividend of $0.665 per share. This represents a $2.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.88%. This is an increase from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.61. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 29th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is currently 47.08%.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday. Scotiabank set a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Daiwa Capital Markets upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Finally, UBS Group upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Union Pacific presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $124.00.

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About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad operating company in the United States. The Company operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR). Its business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Its freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business.

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