Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Union Pacific (UNP) Stock Price

Media headlines about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.2548974032691 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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UNP has been the subject of a number of research reports. UBS upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Monday, January 8th. Citigroup upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, January 15th. Finally, Wolfe Research upgraded Union Pacific from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $138.95.

Shares of Union Pacific stock traded up $1.27 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $138.96. 5,418,273 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,098,543. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.83. Union Pacific has a 1 year low of $101.06 and a 1 year high of $143.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $106,827.13, a PE ratio of 24.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.79.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. The business had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.44 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Union Pacific will post 7.56 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th were given a dividend of $0.73 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.10%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 50.43%.

In related news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total transaction of $3,434,750.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 106,518 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,634,508.02. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 15,576 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.79, for a total value of $2,083,913.04. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 65,613 shares in the company, valued at $8,778,363.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

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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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