Union Pacific Corp

  • 3 Can't Miss Quotes From the Oil Patch This Week

    By Robert Baillieul - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CLR, KOG, UNP

    You can learn a lot from company conference calls. Hidden within them are comments foretelling industry trends you don't want to miss. Let's take a look at a few of my favorites from last week and what they mean for investors. 

    Costs are falling in the Bakken

    While rapid production growth takes all of the headlines, one of the more interesting trends is the falling cost of doing more »

  • Profit From the Auto Industry's Expansion Into Mexico

    By Joseph Harry - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: F, KSU, UNP

    It's no secret that the auto industry is booming. Sales jumped 14% in July, according to research by Autodata. The industry invested $3.7 billion in Mexico between 2010 and 2012, and plans to spend more this year. To keep up with demand, automakers are increasingly looking to Mexico as a solution. This is causing a trend in transportation that favors cross-border rail. 

    A growing trend down south...

    Ford more »

  • Three Stocks That Won’t Be Replaced by the iPhone

    By Michael Hooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: KO, HSY, UNP

    Every so often a big company with a powerful brand goes bankrupt because of changing technology in its industry. Eastman Kodak Company, once a powerful brand in the film business, went bankrupt in 2012. Kodak used to sell canisters of film by the thousands daily. But those days are long gone as consumers turned to digital cameras to make photographs.

    Today hand-held devices such as the iPhone have replaced so more »

  • 6 Reasons to Invest in This Railroad

    By William Bias - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, KSU, NSC, UNP

    When investing in a publicly traded business you want that company to maintain its ability to generate and grow free cash flow over the long term. Western railroader Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) possesses the qualities to make that happen.

    Barriers to entry

    If new competitors want to enter the railroad arena they would need to spend billions of dollars to build infrastructure such as rail bridges and tunnels, not to more »

  • Hop Aboard This Growth Train Before It's Too Late

    By Joseph Harry - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, UNP, VLO

    The future of the rail industry looks incredibly bright. The rail industry is currently shipping the most crude since the Standard Oil days of John D. Rockefeller, according to Bloomberg. It's a good idea to get in on this growth trend now, and here's how you can do it. 

    Buffett believes in rail...

    In 2009, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) bought out the remaining shares of Burlington Northern Santa more »

  • A SWOT Analysis of American Railcar and FreightCar America

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ARII, RAIL, UNP

    A key part of the economic recovery is infrastructure growth and a good way to play this trend lies in the railroad stocks.

    However, I am less interested in  the traditional railroad companies such as Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) and CSX but the rail car manufacturers, in particular, American Railcar Industries (NASDAQ: ARII) and FreightCar America (NASDAQ: RAIL).

    Both companies have their strengths and weaknesses and the best way to more »

  • This Transportation Business Is a Good Pick Now

    By Anh HOANG - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    Recently, Fool contributor Michael Olsen picked CSX (NYSE: CSX) for his Real Money portfolio. In the past five years, CSX has had sluggish performance, gaining only 19.77%, much lower than the S&P 500’s return of more than 37%. Joel Greenblatt and Ken Fisher initiated long positions in the company in the first quarter, while Ray Dalio and Bill Gates sold out their positions. Should we invest in more »

  • Weren't Not in Kansas Anymore

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KSU, NSC, UNP

    Although its based in Kansas City, Mo., the company is far more than just the north to south rail operator connecting Kansas City, Mo. and Port Arthur, Texas that was founded in 1887. Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) now operates some 6,600 miles of railroad and has investments in the U.S., Mexico, and Panama.

    Its network helps connect Mexico, the Southeast and Southwest U.S. This includes its more »

  • Should You Make a Bakken Oil Play With the Railroad Companies?

    By Paul Sangrey - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, CSX, KSU, NSC, UNP

    The Bakken play produces vast amounts of gas and oil that need to be transported, either by pipeline or railroad. Thus, as gas production expands, railroads can take advantage of the increased demand for their services. But at the same time, it causes people to use less coal, and hence, less of that needs to be shipped. As these countervailing forces  play tug-of-war, the railroads' profitability -- and hence,  the potential more »

  • A Tale of Two Railroads

    By Daniel Jennings - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: KSU, UNP

    One of the more interesting stock stories lately involves Class 1 railroads, the largest rail operators in the United States. At least of two them, the venerable transcontinental Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and the Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), have shown incredible share value growth in recent months.

    You’ve probably heard of the Union Pacific, but you may not be that familiar with the Kansas City Southern. Despite more »

  • 2 Reasons Why Railroads Still Look Attractive

    By Varun Chandan - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    On Tuesday, railroad company Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) posted weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as weak demand for coal hurt its top line. Indeed, that sharp decline in demand has also been a concern for other railroad companies such as CSX (NYSE: CSX) and Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP), which reported quarterly results last week. However, railroad stocks still look attractive for two major reasons; improving auto sales and production, and rising crude more »

  • Does a Dividend Increase Make This Railroad a Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CP, NSC, UNP

    Railroads are often seen as a bellwether for the broader economy because of the amount of retail and manufactured goods they transport across the nation. Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) is one of the most well known railroads in the United States, operating approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states.

    The railroad industry counts Warren Buffett, one of the world’s most famous investors of all time, as a fan more »

  • Coal Power Generation to Increase Railroad Earnings

    By Hussain Asghar - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    An improvement in several economic indicators over the past two months suggests that the US economy is back on track. The improvement in almost all economic indicators in the previous month spurred my interest in the transportation sector, a segment heavily dependent on economic activity.

    Among the various modes of transportation available, I would focus on the cheapest mode available to the consumers: railroad transportation. The recent warning signs to more »

  • Are These Railroads Good For Your Portfolio?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, KSU, UNP

    One of the best gauges of the economic situation is the railroad industry. If the economy slows down, railroads carry fewer products, and vice versa. Railroads have been on the rise since the depth of the crisis. As the economy improved, the stocks went up. For example, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is up more than 770% from 2009 lows. CSX (NYSE: CSX) and Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) have made more »

  • Sunny Days Still Ahead For Major Rail Firms

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, NSC, UNP

    American rail firms have consistently been increasing revenue, and growth looks to continue long into the future. This is largely because rail is a much cheaper way to transport when compared to trucks. Even though rail delivery is usually slower than that of trucks, the savings are hard for businesses to ignore. 

    As the U.S. economy continues to grow, so will the profits at these large-cap firms. And even more »

  • Surging Profits at This Company Bode Well for Investors

    By Ted Cooper - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, UNP

    Warren Buffett made a fortune investing in great businesses that were unlikely to fall from glory, but that is not the only way to make money in the market. Another way to make money, perhaps even more intuitive than Buffett's method, is to buy companies that are struggling at the moment, but have enormous potential upside in the event that they turn operations around.

    Such was the opportunity in more »

  • Is Union Pacific the Best Railroad Stock?

    By Bob Ciura - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CP, CSX, UNP

    Railroads are an industry looked favorably upon by many investors, including Warren Buffett. He’s perhaps the most famous investor in the world, and he acted on his fondness for railroads by purchasing Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in a $34 billion deal in 2009.

    There’s good reason to love railroads. They’re seen as major economic bellwethers for the variety of industrial goods they transport. In essence, as the more »

  • A Long-Term Play on the Mexican Railroad

    By Anh HOANG - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CP, KSU, UNP

    In the past twelve months, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) has experienced significant gains on the market, heading from around $70 per share to $112.60 per share at the time of writing. At the end of 2013, Barron’s featured the company, thinking that Kansas City could increase by around 20% in the next twelve months. So is Kansas City cheap or expensive at its current price? Should investors more »

  • This Company Is on the Right Track

    By Jon Quast - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARII, RAIL, GBX, UNP

    American Railcar Industries (NASDAQ: ARII) peaked at $47 per share back in April. Since then, the stock has declined nearly 30% to its current price. A 30% drop is enough to make even an adrenaline addict's stomach sick. This red flag may be enough to keep the average investor away. But, if you look closely, you may find this railroad stock to be right on track.

    Why the 30 more »

  • Why These Rail Companies Offer a Rewarding Ride

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CSX, UNP

    So far this year railroad companies are performing better than in 2012. This is because of increased demand for natural resources like oil, gas, coal and lumber in the U.S. and Canada. The railroad companies are expanding their rail networks in these regions to capitalize on the new glut of potential resources, providing more efficient and better connectivity. Here are three railroad companies looking to increase their revenue from more »

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