Kaizen Advisory LLC increased its stake in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 4.1% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,974 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 77 shares during the period. Kaizen Advisory LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $273,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Nalls Sherbakoff Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at $94,000. BT Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at $259,000. grace capital bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at $608,000. Vestor Capital LLC increased its holdings in shares of Union Pacific by 6.1% during the fourth quarter. Vestor Capital LLC now owns 58,121 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $8,034,000 after acquiring an additional 3,316 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Western Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Union Pacific during the fourth quarter valued at $336,000. Institutional investors own 81.37% of the company’s stock.
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on UNP shares. Royal Bank of Canada upgraded Union Pacific from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. Cowen reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $187.00 price objective (up from $178.00) on shares of Union Pacific in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. ValuEngine cut Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 12th. Raymond James increased their price objective on Union Pacific from $192.00 to $201.00 and gave the company a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $175.35.
Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The railroad operator reported $1.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $5.38 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.51 billion. Union Pacific had a return on equity of 30.73% and a net margin of 26.59%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.68 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Union Pacific Co. will post 9.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Union Pacific declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback program on Thursday, February 7th that authorizes the company to repurchase 150,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the railroad operator to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.
In other Union Pacific news, EVP Robert M. Knight, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $170.01, for a total value of $1,700,100.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 94,943 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,141,259.43. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Todd M. Rynaski sold 8,802 shares of Union Pacific stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $170.00, for a total value of $1,496,340.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 19,731 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,354,270. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 30,287 shares of company stock worth $5,206,315 in the last three months. 9.96% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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Union Pacific Profile
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.
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