Bradley Foster & Sargent Decreased Alaska Air (ALK) Holding; Union Pacific (UNP)’s Sentiment Is 0.94

May 16, 2018 - By Louis Casey

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Union Pacific Corp (UNP) investors sentiment increased to 0.94 in 2017 Q4. It’s up 0.04, from 0.9 in 2017Q3. The ratio is more positive, as 519 hedge funds started new and increased equity positions, while 554 sold and reduced their stakes in Union Pacific Corp. The hedge funds in our database now own: 598.50 million shares, down from 601.66 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Union Pacific Corp in top ten equity positions increased from 35 to 68 for an increase of 33. Sold All: 49 Reduced: 505 Increased: 391 New Position: 128.

Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc decreased Alaska Air (ALK) stake by 81.19% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc sold 13,215 shares as Alaska Air (ALK)’s stock declined 17.22%. The Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc holds 3,061 shares with $225,000 value, down from 16,276 last quarter. Alaska Air now has $7.26 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.28% or $0.1625 during the last trading session, reaching $58.9125. About 1.55 million shares traded. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) has declined 35.27% since May 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 46.82% the S&P500.

More recent Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) news were published by: Forbes.com which released: “A Quick Snapshot of Union Pacific Corp’s Industrial Freight Segment” on May 15, 2018. Also Prnewswire.com published the news titled: “Union Pacific Corporation CFO Rob Knight to Address the Wolfe Research 11th Annual Global Transportation …” on May 16, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Union Pacific (UNP) Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” with publication date: April 26, 2018 was also an interesting one.

The stock increased 1.18% or $1.66 during the last trading session, reaching $141.95. About 707,432 shares traded. Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) has risen 26.23% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.68% the S&P500.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. The company has market cap of $109.34 billion. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, and food and beverage products; automotive products, such as finished vehicles and automotive parts; and chemicals comprising industrial chemicals, plastics, fertilizers, petroleum and liquid petroleum gases, crude oil, and soda ash. It has a 10.28 P/E ratio. The firm also provides transportation services for coal, petroleum coke, and biomass; industrial products consisting of construction products, minerals, consumer goods, metals, lumber, paper, and other miscellaneous products; and intermodal import and export container traffic.

Wintergreen Advisers Llc holds 11.18% of its portfolio in Union Pacific Corporation for 135,022 shares. Skylands Capital Llc owns 468,150 shares or 8.09% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Mcdonald Capital Investors Inc Ca has 6.82% invested in the company for 637,455 shares. The Nebraska-based Bridges Investment Counsel Inc has invested 6.18% in the stock. Rare Infrastructure Ltd, a Australia-based fund reported 569,993 shares.

Ratings analysis reveals 50% of Union Pacific’s analysts are positive. Out of 6 Wall Street analysts rating Union Pacific, 3 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 3 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $91.0 while the high is $122.0. The stock’s average target of $104.20 is -26.59% below today’s ($141.95) share price. UNP was included in 6 notes of analysts from October 20, 2016. The stock of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) earned “Market Perform” rating by Cowen & Co on Thursday, October 20. The stock of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, October 24 by Seaport Global Securities. RBC Capital Markets downgraded the shares of UNP in report on Friday, October 21 to “Sector Perform” rating. Barclays Capital upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Monday, January 9 report. The rating was initiated by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, November 2 with “Buy”. Buckingham Research initiated the shares of UNP in report on Wednesday, January 18 with “Neutral” rating.

Analysts await Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.88 earnings per share, up 29.66% or $0.43 from last year’s $1.45 per share. UNP’s profit will be $1.45 billion for 18.88 P/E if the $1.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.68 actual earnings per share reported by Union Pacific Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 11.90% EPS growth.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $7.37 million activity.

Analysts await Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $1.76 EPS, down 29.88% or $0.75 from last year’s $2.51 per share. ALK’s profit will be $216.92M for 8.37 P/E if the $1.76 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.14 actual EPS reported by Alaska Air Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 1,157.14% EPS growth.

More recent Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) news were published by: Bizjournals.com which released: “Alaska Airlines taps Facebook executive for board” on May 04, 2018. Also Bizjournals.com published the news titled: “Alaska Airlines closes pilot base at JFK airport” on May 16, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Alaska Air Group’s (ALK) CEO Brad Tilden on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” with publication date: April 23, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc increased First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) stake by 18,615 shares to 27,452 valued at $1.85 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Lincoln Electric (NASDAQ:LECO) stake by 8,100 shares and now owns 14,980 shares. Royal Dutch Shell B Adrf Spons was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.35, from 1.34 in 2017Q3. It turned negative, as 68 investors sold ALK shares while 156 reduced holdings. 80 funds opened positions while 142 raised stakes. 102.14 million shares or 2.96% less from 105.25 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Geode Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). San Francisco Sentry (Ca) holds 0% or 175 shares in its portfolio. Stevens LP accumulated 26,326 shares. New England And Mngmt holds 7,575 shares. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board accumulated 0.03% or 11,900 shares. Capital One Natl Association holds 0.05% of its portfolio in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) for 10,782 shares. Epoch Prns Incorporated stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Ls Inv Advisors Limited Company holds 3,783 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Creative Planning stated it has 0.01% in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Suntrust Banks has invested 0.01% in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Texas Permanent School Fund reported 33,591 shares. Rothschild Invest Il invested in 15,725 shares. Tudor Invest Et Al has invested 0.01% in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Shelton Mgmt holds 12,163 shares. Moreover, Loomis Sayles And Company LP has 0.02% invested in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) for 111,704 shares.

Among 17 analysts covering Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK), 8 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 47% are positive. Alaska Air Group had 90 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, December 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Underweight” rating by JP Morgan on Tuesday, January 30. Credit Suisse downgraded the shares of ALK in report on Thursday, January 7 to “Neutral” rating. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, April 24 by Imperial Capital. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of ALK in report on Tuesday, August 4 with “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, April 23. The stock of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Monday, January 8. The rating was downgraded by JP Morgan on Wednesday, November 1 to “Neutral”. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $97 target in Friday, December 4 report. The company was upgraded on Monday, April 24 by Cowen & Co.

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