Union Pacific Corporation (UNP): Focusing On Execution, But The Shares Are Lagging

For most investors, the -2.85% change in Union Pacific Corporation, (UNP) could have prompted them tosell the stock, but doing that would be a mistake as it would be taking into consideration only the short-term performance of the stock. The stock closed October 08, 2019 trading at $151.47 which saw downtrend of 9.58% since the beginning of 2019. The price of the stock has risen by 21.22% from average 12-month price target of $183.61 expected by the analysts. Most analysts believed that the stock has the potential to rise by 36.66% or more. For Union Pacific Corporation to record further gainanalysts believe that the company has to hit $207 price target. The high price target for UNP for next 12 months currently stands at $207. This means that the highest 12 months price target is 36.66% above its last closing price. The median price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $186, which means that it could rise by 22.8% from its current position. Despite that, some analysts believe that it won’t perform excellent, setting a lower price target of $138 for the stock which means it could rise by -8.89%.

A look at the UNP stock today shows that it has lost -7.51% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming concerned about the short-term performance of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bullish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) is 2.3 which is a ,neutral rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 11 times while it has been rated as a Hold 7 times. The 52-week high price for UNP is $180.54 which is attained on August 01 while its 52-week low currently stands at $128.08 and was reached on December 24. At the moment, the stock is trading $-15.03 below its YTD moving average set at $166.5.

Moving on, Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) last released its earnings for the June 2019 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed decently over the past three months, with its earnings up 12% year-over-year at $2.22. The company brought a surprise of 5 as analysts were predicting $2.12 per share. The revenue generated by Union Pacific Corporation in the June 2019 quarter declined by -1% to reach $5.6 billion. This is lowcompared to the $5.67 billion it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its September 2019 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $2.35 which is higherthan the $2.15 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 12.84%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 12.02 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $22.67 billion over the past 12 months.

In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is now trading at 17.99X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is a downtrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 28X while the industry average stands at 18.24X. The most popular way to value a stock is to look at its historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio with the help of its earnings report over the past 12 months. Union Pacific Corporation was able to achieve an EPS of $8.42 during the last four quarters. The P/E ratio is widely known due to the fact that it is widely used, simple, effective, and, tautologically.

On Tuesday, October 08 of 2019, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for UNP moved by $3.59. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 2.32%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. Union Pacific Corporation’s trading volume has recently moved to 4.13 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 3.29 million shares.

The daily chart for UNP, points out that the company has recorded -8.8% losses over the past six months. However, it is still 18.26% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is down -2.87% though it is -7.31% below its three-week moving average. It is worthy to know that price action is not always clear. There are times when a stock will undergo some negatives, trade erratically within some range or even act very unpredictable. When that happens, then making use of moving averages makes the pattern clearer for traders. Comparing to 50-day SMA, the price of the stock has dropped by -8.38% while it is down -8.46% against the 200-day SMA. This is usually seen as the last support line for a stock, as a move downward could signal a bearish trend or market. The daily chart of UNP reveals that it has lost some grounds as it ended Tuesday with a -8.82% fall over the past 30 days.