Union Pacific Corporation (UNP): Keep paying attention to its insider activity

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) saw a downside of -0.73% to close Monday at $214.91 after subtracting -$1.57 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 3,114,240 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $218.07 in the past week. An average of 3,830,295 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,146,244.

UNP’s 1-month performance is 3.44% or $7.15 on its low of $195.68 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $171.50 and high of $231.26, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/10/21. YTD, UNP has achieved 3.21% or $6.69. However, the current price is down -7.07%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Mar 08, 218 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Union Pacific Corporation (UNP). Whited Elizabeth F (EVP & CHIEF HR OFFICER) most recently sold 1,491 shares at $215.00 per share on Mar 08. This transaction cost the insider $320,565. VP & CONTROLLER, Rynaski Todd M., sold 7,698 shares at a price of $212.00 on Mar 08. Then, on Feb 22, EVP & CHIEF HR OFFICER Whited Elizabeth F sold 10,000 shares at a price of $208.93 per share. This transaction amounted to $2,089,288.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 29.69 and a low of 8.513. UNP stock has a beta of 1.13. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 6.67 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 9.89, with the price to cash flow ratio at 42.97.

Union Pacific Corporation pays an annual dividend of $4.28 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.99% and the payout ratio is 45.20%. UNP’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 30, when it paid $1.07 a share compared with prior rate of $1.07, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.10 reported on Thursday May 13 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 56.45% yearly.

It is projected that Union Pacific Corporation’s next ex-dividend date will be on 29-Nov. UNP is expected to distribute $1.07 as its next dividend.

Union Pacific Corporation’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 0.70, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.90 meaning that UNP stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.94, while the total debt to equity was 2.01. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 83.10%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 51.42% while for the period ending June 29; Union Pacific Corporation’s operating margin was 41.30%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $12.26 billion against revenue of $19.53 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Union Pacific Corporation’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $46.0 million against total debt of $30.36 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 22.89% to $5.5 billion, while revenue of $5.0 billion was 9.14% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected UNP to announce $2.52 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $2.72, representing a 7.90% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $3.02 billion. UNP stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 47.77 billion, with total debt at $30.36 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $652.12 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 65.68% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 26.43%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $213.14, reflecting a +4.57% or $9.40 change from its current price. UNP is currently trading +3.95% above its 20-day SMA, -3.32% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -1.76% and +6.83% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 88.84% and 90.12% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 4.56. The RSI (14) points at 59.55%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 85.73% with the period’s ATR at 4.33. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 6.58 and 8.76 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), JP Morgan upgraded it to an Overweight rating. They previously had a Neutral rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for UNP stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate UNP as a “sell,”, while 4 advise that investors “Hold.” 2 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 4 rates the stock as overweight while 20 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is UNP’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $205.00 and a high of $265.00, with their median price target at $246.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) stock is $244.70.


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