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

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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific rose $2.88 (1.9%) to $156.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,987,215 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,785,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $154.70-$156.89 after having opened the day at $154.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $153.42. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Pacific Airport Group ( PAC), up 5.3%, Universal Truckload Services ( UACL), up 5.2%, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 3.8% and Era Group ( ERA), up 3.7%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $69.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 8.1%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 6.6%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 5.8% and Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with Southwest Airlines ( LUV) being today's transportation industry laggard.

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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