Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] is 6.76% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

Union Pacific Corporation [NYSE: UNP] plunged by -$0.14 during the normal trading session on Wednesday and reaching a high of $222.34 during the day while it closed the day at $222.30. The company report on May 14, 2021 that Union Pacific Corporation Announces 10% Dividend Increase for Second Quarter 2021.

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Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) announced that its Board of Directors voted to increase the quarterly dividend on the company’s common shares by 10% to $1.07 per share. The dividend is payable June 30, 2021, to shareholders of record May 28, 2021. Union Pacific has paid dividends on its common stock for 122 consecutive years.

“I am pleased to report our dividend increase,” said Jennifer Hamann, Union Pacific executive vice president and chief financial officer. “This increase is consistent with the financial guidance outlined at our recent Investor Day to target a dividend payout ratio of 45%.”.

Union Pacific Corporation stock has also gained 0.14% of its value over the past 7 days. However, UNP stock has inclined by 7.36% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 7.54% and gained 6.76% year-on date.

The market cap for UNP stock reached $145.94 billion, with 667.60 million shares outstanding and 662.50 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 2.78M shares, UNP reached a trading volume of 2830433 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $240.84 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.

Vertical Research have made an estimate for Union Pacific Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on March 26, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on January 11, 2021, representing the official price target for Union Pacific Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $220, while Robert W. Baird analysts kept a Outperform rating on UNP stock. On May 20, 2020, analysts increased their price target for UNP shares from 156 to 181.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Union Pacific Corporation is set at 3.93, with the Price to Sales ratio for UNP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 7.56. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 9.13, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.89. Price to Free Cash Flow for UNP in the course of the last twelve months was 47.52 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

UNP stock trade performance evaluation

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.14. With this latest performance, UNP shares gained by 0.74% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 7.54% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 39.58% 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 47.89, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 44.08, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 50.26 for Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 220.80, while it was recorded at 224.51 for the last single week of trading, and 205.51 for the last 200 days.

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] shares currently have an operating margin of +40.11 and a Gross Margin at +46.99. Union Pacific Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +27.38.

Return on Total Capital for UNP is now 17.32, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 12.23. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 30.49, with Return on Assets sitting at 8.51. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 167.08. Additionally, UNP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 62.56, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 44.64. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 158.88, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 59.49.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] managed to generate an average of $172,771 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 12.60 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.31.Union Pacific Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Union Pacific Corporation [UNP] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Union Pacific Corporation posted 1.67/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.55/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 7.70%. 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 13.23%.

Union Pacific Corporation [UNP]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $116,730 million, or 81.60% of UNP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of UNP stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 55,077,653, which is approximately -1.839% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 46,797,183 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $10.4 billion in UNP stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $6.22 billion in UNP stock with ownership of nearly 0.068% 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 April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 1,080 institutional holders increased their position in Union Pacific Corporation [NYSE:UNP] by around 24,675,907 shares. Additionally, 854 investors decreased positions by around 27,266,402 shares, while 354 investors held positions by with 473,160,367 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 525,102,676 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. UNP stock had 168 new institutional investments in for a total of 4,861,657 shares, while 96 institutional investors sold positions of 3,750,293 shares during the same period.

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