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What Do Wall Street Analysts Think About Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) Stock?

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) traded at $205.51 at last check on Tuesday, January 24, made a downward move of -2.20% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $210.13 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.15 with the day’s price range being $208.02 – $212.97. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 18.74. In terms of its 52-week price range, UNP has a high of $278.94 and a low of $183.70. The company’s stock has gained about 2.30% over that past 30 days.

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Union Pacific Corporation has a market cap of $127.23 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Apr 19, 2023 – Apr 24, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 5.20 and a yield of 2.47%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the UNP stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $2.87, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $11.54 for 2022 and $11.88 for next year. These figures represent 16.00% and 2.90% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $6.4 billion, with a low of $6.22 billion and a high of $6.63 billion. The median projection represents growth squeezing down to 11.70% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $25.09 billion, or 15.10% up from figures reported last year.

There have been 1 upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the UNP stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Sell.

Based on estimates by 30 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 12 have rated the Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) stock as a Hold, while 14 rate it as a Buy. 3 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 0 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 1 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Overweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the UNP stock currently stands at 2.07, and the most recent price level today is -2.09% off its SMA20 and -2.75% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 43.60 while the volatility over the past week is 2.40% and jumps to 1.88% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.13, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 4.49. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $224.22, with the estimates having a low of $179.00 and a high of $250.00. These price ends are 12.9% and -21.65% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -11.92% if the UNP share price touches on the median price of $230.00.

Let’s briefly compare Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -2.20% and -13.19% over the past 12 months for UNP. Another of its peers CSX Corporation (CSX) has dropped -0.66% today, and was -9.05% down over the past year, while Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) is also down -0.36% yet, while its price remains in the red at -8.16% over the same period. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -0.40% and -0.23%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 3.00 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 2.55 million. Current shares outstanding are 620.40 million.

The insiders hold 0.10% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 80.60%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 5.9 million at a short ratio of 1.78. This represents a 0.96% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short rose in October from the previous month at 5.8 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock 1.48% up in year-to-date price movement.

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