UNP stock: buy or sell?

UNP stock price: $141.89 3.96% At close on April 2nd, 2020

Updated on:
April 2nd, 2020


Union Pacific shares rocketed 3.96% to $141.89 today. On March 26th UNP boosted an extraordinary 6.72%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States.

Should I buy UNP stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best time to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Union Pacific stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean UNP will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Union Pacific stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for UNP stock for the last 30 days.

UNP stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Union Pacific rocketed a phenomenal 3.96% and closed at $141.89.

Union Pacific closed today at $141.89 and rocketed a phenomenal 3.96%. Since last February/26 when UNP stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-28.00 per share (-16.48%). Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on January, UNP price slid a -20.46%. UNP is soaring again after a 8.44% correction from its last top on March 31st at $144.71. On January, UNP hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $186.58 recorded on January. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

UNP stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting an exceptional 15.25% in a week last week, Union Pacific closed this week at $141.89 and stepped up a nice 2.04%. By mid March UNP plunged a dreadful -22.07% in just one week.

Not so far away is the last all-time high Union Pacific marked late January, but since then it dropped a 24.47%. Since price and 40-weeks moving average lines crossed down late February, UNP fell $-38.77 per share (-21.46%). Stocks below the 200 days moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Since late December 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, UNP price slipped $-38.46 per share (-21.33%).

UNP stock chart (weekly)

UNP stock price history

UNP IPO was on January 2nd, 1980 at $0.02 per share1. Since then, UNP stock surged a 709,350.00%, with a yearly average of 17,733.80%. If you had invested $1,000 in UNP stock in 1980, it would worth $7,093,500.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

UNP stock historical price chart

UNP stock reached all-time highs on January with a price of $187.85.

UNP stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not found any price target for Union Pacific stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since last April, when Union Pacific posted its last earnings report, it . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this review.
UNP earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Union Pacific annual revenues soared a shining 7.50% to $22,832.00 million dollars from $21,240.00 marked in 2017. However, its income margin (compared to sales) plunged to 26.13%, that is $5,966.00 million.

To have an updated picture of the financial situation of Union Pacific, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Union Pacific TTM sales up to March 2019 were $22,741.00 and income was $6,047.00 million dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Union Pacific business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, remained stable a neutral -0.40%. In line, profit margin (net income/revenues) stayed steady at 26.13%.

UNP annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$21,960 M-$4,390 M20.0%-
2014$23,988 M9.23%$5,180 M21.6%18.00%
2015$21,813 M-9.07%$4,772 M21.9%-7.88%
2016$19,941 M-8.58%$4,233 M21.2%-11.30%
2017$21,240 M6.51%$10,712 M50.4%153.06%
2018$22,832 M7.50%$5,966 M26.1%-44.31%
TTM $22,741 M-0.40%$6,047 M26.6%1.36%

Quarterly financial results

Union Pacific reported $5,384.00 M in sales for 2019-Q1, a -6.48% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $1,391.00 M with a profit margin of 25.84%. Profit margin decreased a -1.16% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 26.99%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Union Pacific sales marked a disappointing drop down and declined a -1.66%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Union Pacific posted 2 positive quarters in a row.
UNP quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$5,250 M-$1,170 M22.3%-
2017-Q3$5,410 M3.05%$1,190 M22.0%1.71%
2017-Q4$5,450 M0.74%$7,278 M133.5%511.60%
2018-Q1$5,475 M0.46%$1,310 M23.9%-82.00%
2018-Q2$5,672 M3.60%$1,509 M26.6%15.19%
2018-Q3$5,928 M4.51%$1,593 M26.9%5.57%
2018-Q4$5,757 M-2.88%$1,554 M27.0%-2.45%
2019-Q1$5,384 M-6.48%$1,391 M25.8%-10.49%

Union Pacific ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's worth to review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Union Pacific, 0.13% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for UNP stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$97.9 B
Total shares690.3 M
Float shares688.8 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)82.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%

UNP summary

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Day range$134.80 - $142.37
Previous close$136.49
Session gain3.96%
Average true range$12.27
50d mov avg$159.39
100d mov avg$167.82
200d mov avg$166.27
Daily patternlb01a
Weekly pattern

Union Pacific performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Union Pacific performance to :
UNPUnion Pacific-21.14%-8.20%-13.97%

Union Pacific competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Union Pacific competitor. This doesn't mean Union Pacific does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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