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

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Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $1.42 (1.1%) to $125.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $124.16-$125.88 after having opened the day at $124.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.27. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 10.8%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 9.2%, China Eastern Airlines Corporation ( CEA), up 6.6%, and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), up 6.4%.
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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $58.65 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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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