Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Shows

News articles about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, 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 news stories about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.3715526459963 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

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Shares of Union Pacific stock opened at $132.90 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $104,723.01, a PE ratio of 22.95, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Union Pacific has a 1-year low of $101.06 and a 1-year high of $143.05.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The railroad operator reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 50.43% and a return on equity of 22.26%. Union Pacific’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.39 EPS. research analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 7.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders 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 2.20%. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is 50.43%.

UNP has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday. Bank of America boosted their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $150.00 to $159.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Cowen reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $139.00 price target (down from $140.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, Citigroup upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. 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 stock. Union Pacific currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $136.10.

In other news, CFO Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.39, for a total transaction of $3,434,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 106,518 shares in the company, valued at $14,634,508.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate 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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