Press coverage about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.3715526459963 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Trump border wall materials can be shipped on our railroads, Union Pacific CEO says (finance.yahoo.com)
- Union Pacific to invest more in Kansas infrastructure (seekingalpha.com)
- Kansas Transportation Infrastructure Receives $113 million Boost from Union Pacific (finance.yahoo.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Union Pacific Co. (UNP) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $5.38 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
- Arkansas Transportation Infrastructure Receives $127 million Boost from Union Pacific (up.com)
Several analysts have weighed in on UNP shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 15th. UBS Group cut their price objective on Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. TD Securities cut their price objective on Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price objective on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $131.50.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by ($0.01). Union Pacific had a return on equity of 22.26% and a net margin of 50.43%. The firm had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.44 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.39 earnings per share. Union Pacific’s revenue was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Union Pacific will post 7.49 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.73 dividend. This is a positive change from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is presently 48.18%.
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Union Pacific Company Profile
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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