Union Pacific Corp (UNP): Today's Featured Transportation Loser

Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific fell $1.36 (-1.4%) to $98.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $98.28-$100.91 after having opened the day at $100.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.88. Other company's within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 10.1%, Frontline ( FRO), down 9.7%, Ship Finance International ( SFL), down 9.3%, and Pinnacle Airlines ( PNCL), down 8.9%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $47.72 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation ( IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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