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

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Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific fell $1.69 (-1.0%) to $165.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,805,623 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,141,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $164.97-$167.61 after having opened the day at $167.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.85. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 10.0%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 7.1%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 7.0% and Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), down 5.9%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $77.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Danaos Corporation ( DAC), up 10.6%, Frontline ( FRO), up 8.9%, XPO Logistics ( XPO), up 8.1% and Pacer International ( PACR), up 7.9%.

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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