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Union Pacific (UNP) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Union Pacific (UNP - Free Report) closed at $206.45 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.84% move from the prior day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.22% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.13%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.22%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the railroad had lost 3.34% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Transportation sector's loss of 10.59% and the S&P 500's loss of 10.02% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from Union Pacific as it approaches its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect Union Pacific to post earnings of $2.93 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 7.72%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $6.22 billion, up 13.08% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $11.61 per share and revenue of $24.57 billion, which would represent changes of +16.68% and +12.68%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for Union Pacific. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.47% lower. Union Pacific is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that Union Pacific has a Forward P/E ratio of 17.78 right now. This valuation marks a no noticeable deviation compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 17.78.

It is also worth noting that UNP currently has a PEG ratio of 1.78. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. UNP's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.78 as of yesterday's close.

The Transportation - Rail industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 104, putting it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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