Azimuth Capital Investment Management LLC Grows Stock Holdings in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP)

Azimuth Capital Investment Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNPFree Report) by 0.2% in the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 37,218 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 87 shares during the period. Azimuth Capital Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $9,141,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of UNP. WealthPlan Investment Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Union Pacific by 1,788.3% during the third quarter. WealthPlan Investment Management LLC now owns 15,635 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $3,184,000 after buying an additional 14,807 shares during the last quarter. Atria Wealth Solutions Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 10.2% during the third quarter. Atria Wealth Solutions Inc. now owns 36,537 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $7,440,000 after purchasing an additional 3,379 shares during the period. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL acquired a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the third quarter worth $358,000. Gabelli Funds LLC purchased a new position in Union Pacific during the third quarter valued at approximately $350,000. Finally, Sequoia Financial Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Union Pacific by 8.3% during the 3rd quarter. Sequoia Financial Advisors LLC now owns 10,601 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $2,159,000 after acquiring an additional 815 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.38% of the company’s stock.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. The Goldman Sachs Group raised their price objective on Union Pacific from $248.00 to $274.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 11th. Wells Fargo & Company assumed coverage on Union Pacific in a research note on Friday. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $270.00 price objective on the stock. StockNews.com upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 26th. Susquehanna boosted their target price on Union Pacific from $255.00 to $270.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. Finally, Raymond James reissued a “strong-buy” rating and issued a $280.00 target price (up from $275.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a report on Friday, April 26th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat, Union Pacific presently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $260.70.

Read Our Latest Stock Analysis on UNP

Union Pacific Stock Down 0.1 %

Shares of UNP traded down $0.34 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $227.97. 2,555,622 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,235,612. The firm has a market cap of $139.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.75, a P/E/G ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 1.05. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $237.04 and a 200 day simple moving average of $240.49. The company has a quick ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.99. Union Pacific Co. has a 12-month low of $194.60 and a 12-month high of $258.66.

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNPGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The railroad operator reported $2.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.50 by $0.19. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 44.34% and a net margin of 26.52%. The company had revenue of $6.03 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.97 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $2.67 EPS. Union Pacific’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. Sell-side analysts expect that Union Pacific Co. will post 11.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Union Pacific Dividend Announcement

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 28th. Investors of record on Friday, May 31st will be issued a $1.30 dividend. This represents a $5.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 31st. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.62%.

About Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates in the railroad business in the United States. The company offers transportation services for grain and grain products, fertilizers, food and refrigerated products, and coal and renewables to grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers, renewable biofuel producers, and other agricultural users; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, soda ash, and sand, as well as finished automobiles, automotive parts, and merchandise in intermodal containers.

Further Reading

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP)

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