How to buy Union Pacific Corporation stock - 17 April

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How to buy Union Pacific Corporation stock

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Union Pacific Corporation is a railroads business based in the US. Union Pacific Corporation shares (UNP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Union Pacific Corporation employs 30,960 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$19.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Union Pacific Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Union Pacific Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UNP. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Union Pacific Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Union Pacific Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Union Pacific Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Union Pacific Corporation share price

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Union Pacific Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week rangeUSD$138.4385 - USD$225.28
50-day moving average USD$215.1089
200-day moving average USD$205.8299
Wall St. target priceUSD$236.31
PE ratio 28.3972
Dividend yield USD$3.88 (1.74%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$7.88

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Is it a good time to buy Union Pacific Corporation stock?

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Is Union Pacific Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Union Pacific Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Union Pacific Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Union Pacific Corporation's P/E ratio

Union Pacific Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Union Pacific Corporation shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Union Pacific Corporation's PEG ratio

Union Pacific Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2723. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Union Pacific Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Union Pacific Corporation's EBITDA

Union Pacific Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$10.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Union Pacific Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Union Pacific Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$19.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 40.33%
Gross profit TTM USD$11.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.94%
Return on equity TTM 30.49%
Profit margin 27.38%
Book value $25.259
Market capitalisation USD$149.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Union Pacific Corporation shares

There are currently 7.2 million Union Pacific Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Union Pacific Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 44.7% up from 5.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Union Pacific Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Union Pacific Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Union Pacific Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Union Pacific Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Union Pacific Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 3.2 million). Union Pacific Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.24. In other words for every 100,000 Union Pacific Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2240 shares are currently held short.

However Union Pacific Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Union Pacific Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Union Pacific Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Union Pacific Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Union Pacific Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0109% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Union Pacific Corporation shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Union Pacific Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Union Pacific Corporation stock.

Union Pacific Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Union Pacific Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Union Pacific Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.75

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Union Pacific Corporation's overall score of 21.75 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 30th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Union Pacific Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Union Pacific Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.09/100

Union Pacific Corporation's environmental score of 5.09 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Union Pacific Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Union Pacific Corporation's social score

Social score: 12.5/100

Union Pacific Corporation's social score of 12.5 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Union Pacific Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Union Pacific Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 3.15/100

Union Pacific Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Union Pacific Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Union Pacific Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Union Pacific Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Union Pacific Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Union Pacific Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.75
Total ESG percentile 29.62
Environmental score 5.09
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 12.5
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 3.15
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Union Pacific Corporation share dividends

47%

Dividend payout ratio: 47.37% of net profits

Recently Union Pacific Corporation has paid out, on average, around 47.37% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.74% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Union Pacific Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.74% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Union Pacific Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.88 per share.

While Union Pacific Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Union Pacific Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Union Pacific Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 30 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Union Pacific Corporation's shares ever split?

Union Pacific Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 June 2014. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Union Pacific Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Union Pacific Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Union Pacific Corporation's share price.

Union Pacific Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Union Pacific Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $138.4385 up to $225.28. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNP.US volatility(beta: 1.15)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Union Pacific Corporation's is 1.1484. This would suggest that Union Pacific Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Union Pacific Corporation overview

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. The company offers transportation services for grain and grain products, fertilizers, food and refrigerated products, and coal and renewables to grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers, and other agricultural users; coal and sand, petroleum, and liquid petroleum gases; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as finished automobiles, automotive parts, and merchandise in intermodal containers. As of December 31, 2020, its rail network included 32,313 route miles connecting Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and Eastern United States gateways. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. .

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