Media coverage about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news 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 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the railroad operator an impact score of 46.0159081971121 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- What Does Union Pacific Corporation’s (NYSE:UNP) Share Price Indicate? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Buying AMD, Intel, Union Pacific, Selling Wells Fargo – Barron’s – Barron’s (barrons.com)
- Union Pacific (UNP) Upgraded to Buy at Citigroup (americanbankingnews.com)
- Genesee & Wyoming Beat 4Q17 Earnings, Stayed Positive on 2018 (finance.yahoo.com)
- An Eye on Data: Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
Several equities analysts recently weighed in on UNP shares. UBS Group upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Union Pacific in a research report on Monday, November 13th. They set a “sell” rating and a $103.00 target price on the stock. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $130.40.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced 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). 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 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. analysts forecast that Union Pacific will post 7.51 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.73 dividend. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%. This is a boost from Union Pacific’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.67. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is 44.56%.
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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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