Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP – Get Rating) was the recipient of some unusual option deals on Friday. Stock traders bought 10,919 put options on the stock. This corresponds to an increase of approx. 65% compared to the average volume of 6,611 put options.
Union Pacific Trading down 4.0%
Union Pacific shares fell $8.80 during trading hours on Friday to hit $209.56. The stock had a trading volume of 84,900 shares compared to an average volume of 2,285,022. The stock has a market cap of $130.87 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 1.89, and a beta of 1.14. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $225.55 and its 200-day simple moving average is $232.19. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.66 and a debt to equity ratio of 2.33. Union Pacific has a yearly low of $195.68 and a yearly high of $278.94.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP – Get Rating) last reported its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The railroad operator reported $2.93 EPS for the quarter, matching the consensus estimate of $2.93. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 52.00% and a net margin of 29.23%. The company had revenue of $6.27 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $6.11 billion. In the same quarter last year, the company posted earnings per share of $2.72. The company’s revenue rose 13.9% year over year. On average, equity analysts are forecasting that Union Pacific will post 11.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Union Pacific Dividend Announcement
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 31 will receive a dividend of $1.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday 30th August. That equates to an annual dividend of $5.20 and a yield of 2.48%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 48.46%.
Union Pacific institutional trading
Several hedge funds have recently changed their positions in UNP. Orion Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific valued at approximately $25,000 during the first quarter. Aspire Private Capital LLC increased its position in Union Pacific by 92.3% in the first quarter. Aspire Private Capital LLC now owns 100 shares of the railroad operator, valued at $27,000, after purchasing an additional 48 shares last quarter. Tyler Stone Wealth Management increased its stake in Union Pacific stocks by 85.5% in the second quarter. Tyler Stone Wealth Management now owns 128 shares of the railroad operator, valued at $27,000, after purchasing an additional 59 shares during the period. Dravo Bay LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific stock valued at approximately $29,000 during the first quarter. Finally, Enterprise Trust & Investment Co acquired a new position in Union Pacific stock valued at approximately $29,000 during the second quarter. 77.89% of the shares are currently owned by institutional investors.
Wall Street analysts forecast growth
Several research companies have commented on UNP. Susquehanna lowered Union Pacific to a “neutral” rating from a “positive” rating and set a price target of $235.00 for the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, July 6. They determined that the move was an evaluation call. Credit Suisse Group lowered its price target on Union Pacific to $252.00 in a research note on Friday, July 22. Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on Union Pacific to $207.00 from $210.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 22. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lowered its price target for Union Pacific from $260.00 to $232.00 in a research note on Friday, July 22. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares raised its price target on Union Pacific to $240.00 from $235.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, July 22. Twelve investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $247.22.
Union Pacific Corporate Profile
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary Union Pacific Railroad Company, is engaged in railroad business in the United States. The Company provides transportation services for grain and grain products, fertilizers, food and refrigerated products, and coal and renewable energy for grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers and other agricultural users; petroleum and liquid petroleum gases; and building products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialty products, metals and ores, soda ash and sand, as well as finished automobiles, automobile parts and goods in intermodal containers.
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