Union Pacific (UNP) Getting Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) have been trending positive recently, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Union Pacific earned a news sentiment score of 0.37 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media headlines about the railroad operator an impact score of 59 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) traded down 0.08% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $107.05. 3,600,665 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $108.66 and a 200 day moving average price of $105.25. Union Pacific has a one year low of $80.87 and a one year high of $115.15. The company has a market capitalization of $86.44 billion, a PE ratio of 20.46 and a beta of 0.71.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The railroad operator reported $1.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $5.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.03 billion. Union Pacific had a net margin of 21.23% and a return on equity of 20.88%. Union Pacific’s revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.16 EPS. Analysts predict that Union Pacific will post $5.74 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 31st will be paid a $0.605 dividend. This represents a $2.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 26th. Union Pacific’s payout ratio is 47.64%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on UNP shares. Royal Bank of Canada raised their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $111.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Friday, January 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 24th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price target on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, March 24th. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Monday, March 13th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $115.00 price target for the company. Finally, Cowen and Company raised their price target on shares of Union Pacific from $109.00 to $117.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $107.99.

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In related news, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.89, for a total value of $106,890.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 50,583 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,406,816.87. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

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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