Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] is -0.15% lower this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

Union Pacific Corporation [NYSE: UNP] loss -4.71% or -10.28 points to close at $207.90 with a heavy trading volume of 6339517 shares. The company report on January 21, 2021 that Union Pacific Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results.

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Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) reported 2020 fourth quarter net income of $1.4 billion, or $2.05 per diluted share. These results include a previously announced $278 million pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge. Excluding the effects of that charge, adjusted fourth quarter net income was $1.6 billion, or $2.36 per diluted share. This compares to $1.4 billion, or $2.02 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2019.

“These outstanding results demonstrate the true potential of our franchise as we leveraged all three profitability drivers simultaneously – volume growth, productivity, and pricing – to produce record fourth quarter results,” said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “The women and men of Union Pacific persevered throughout the pandemic to provide our customers with a safe, reliable, and consistent service product.”.

It opened the trading session at $210.00, the shares rose to $216.90 and dropped to $207.89, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for UNP points out that the company has recorded 15.90% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -97.85% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 2.88M shares, UNP reached to a volume of 6339517 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for UNP shares is $225.42 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on UNP stock is a recommendation set at 2.00. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Bernstein have made an estimate for Union Pacific Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on January 11, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on August 17, 2020, representing the official price target for Union Pacific Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $156 to $181, while UBS kept a Buy rating on UNP stock. On April 24, 2020, analysts increased their price target for UNP shares from 156 to 163.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Union Pacific Corporation is set at 4.61, with the Price to Sales ratio for UNP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 7.13. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 8.16, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.96. Price to Free Cash Flow for UNP in the course of the last twelve months was 57.32 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.90.

Trading performance analysis for UNP stock

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -4.02. With this latest performance, UNP shares gained by 2.11% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 15.90% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 14.91% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for UNP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 47.27, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 41.43, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 50.13 for Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 206.18, while it was recorded at 214.82 for the last single week of trading, and 184.92 for the last 200 days.

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] shares currently have an operating margin of +39.40 and a Gross Margin at +44.29. Union Pacific Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +27.27.

Return on Total Capital for UNP is now 19.45, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 13.95. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 30.71, with Return on Assets sitting at 9.71. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 149.12. Additionally, UNP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 59.86, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 43.46. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 140.19, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 56.27.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] managed to generate an average of $157,912 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 12.96 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.36.Union Pacific Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.90 and a Current Ratio set at 1.10.

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Union Pacific Corporation posted 2.15/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.9/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 13.20%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for UNP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Union Pacific Corporation go to 8.93%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]

There are presently around $109,441 million, or 81.00% of UNP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of UNP stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 57,011,459, which is approximately -1.564% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 47,404,110 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $9.86 billion in UNP stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $5.92 billion in UNP stock with ownership of nearly -1.986% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Union Pacific Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 904 institutional holders increased their position in Union Pacific Corporation [NYSE:UNP] by around 21,687,645 shares. Additionally, 864 investors decreased positions by around 28,462,414 shares, while 306 investors held positions by with 476,260,440 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 526,410,499 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. UNP stock had 155 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,095,622 shares, while 67 institutional investors sold positions of 1,873,901 shares during the same period.

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