A Few Positives and Negatives For PulteGroup Inc. (PHM), Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)

You should consider shares of PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE:PHM) and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the PHM shares, which traded at $39.65 at the close of the recent session, dropping -0.43%. On Friday, the company’s shares shed -$0.17 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now 48.28% higher in year-to-date (YTD) trading. PHM’s intraday high was $40.02 while its lowest price touched $39.59. The stock’s 52-week high price is $41.22, which means the current price is at -3.81%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume fell to 1001716 against 200-day average trading volume of 3,560,122 shares.

What are analyst forecasts for PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE:PHM)?

At a consensus rating of 3.42, PHM is trending as a streaking Moderate Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 12 analysts called it a Moderate Buy. Two months ago, 12 analysts recommended, on average, that PHM stock is a Moderate Buy. The Industrial Goods company’s shares’ overall bearish trend saw it close higher on Friday compared to its opening price of $39.75 on the day.

Forecasts for PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE:PHM) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 4.46% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $41.50, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $1.85. The price range target is between a low of $36.00 and a high of $45.00. The stock would need to gain by about $11.89 to hit the estimated high or 0.62% from its 12-month low.

The consensus among 16 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Hold in the PulteGroup Inc. 3 analysts rate PHM as a Buy, with 0 of 16 analysts rate it as a Sell. 0 have valued the stock as Overweight and 12 have recommended that investors Hold.

PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE:PHM) Upgrades and Downgrades

In terms of rating changes, Seaport Global Securities on November 04, 2019, Downgrade PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) at Neutral. Analysts at JP Morgan have assigned a Overweight rating for the stock in their research note on September 11, 2019 with an estimated price target of $37.50. Moreover, Seaport Global Securities analysts issued a rating of Buy for the stock on August 23, 2019, giving it a price target of $44 for the next 12 months. On August 13, 2019, the stock earned a Buy rating due to an analyst call from SunTrust, while analysts from RBC Capital Mkts on July 24, 2019 suggested that the stock is Sector Perform.

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) adds -$1.2 on Friday

The UNP stock has risen 27.32% year-to-date and is currently trading at $175.99, which is -2.52% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -0.68% on the day and have risen nearly 37.41% off a low hit. At current levels, Union Pacific Corporation has a valuation of about $22.25B. As of 11/29/19, this stock has risen 1.04% during the week and closed at $177.19 in the previous session. However, recent Union Pacific Corporation stock performance shows that UNP shares are 4.79% up over the last month, and 8.66% up for the last three months.

Earnings per share (EPS) estimates for the current quarter are $2.06, with the trailing 12-month share earnings at $8.49. The ratio is expected to be up by 8.50% for the current year 2019 and 12.10% for next year. Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 10.26%. But will the UNP stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $2.22 actual EPS reported on 9/29/2019 surprised by -3.50% or was lower by -$0.08 from the estimated $2.3.

Sales Growth to climb 2.70% for the year

How well will Union Pacific Corporation perform as a business over the current quarter, year and next 5-year period? Compared to the year-ago quarter, analysts forecast the company to bring in between $5.24B and $5.48B in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $5.39B from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $21.7B and $22.5B and the consensus estimate for sales is at $21.91B. UNP has its next quarter sales estimates at between $5.12B and $5.5B, with the quarter-over-quarter growth estimates at -0.70% and the annual growth forecast for the year at 2.70%.

Who owns shares in Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)?

Let’s briefly focus on the share ownership of the Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) stock, where we find that 81.34% of shares are held by institutions. Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 60.2 million shares or 8.67% of shares outstanding. Blackrock Inc. and State Street Corporation held 45.88 million and 29.06 million representing 6.61% and 4.19% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, Wellington Management Company, LLP accounted for 21.03 million shares at over 3.41 billion. This represented 3.03% of shares outstanding. FMR, LLC held 14.67 million shares at over 2.38 billion representing 2.11% of shares outstanding.

UNP Insider Activity

Insider activity can also give a signal in terms of price direction. Looking at Union Pacific Corporation (UNP), a total of 8620 shares have been sold by insiders over the last 6 months while 14543 shares were added in the same time span. On 1/28/2019, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer by the name Fritz Lance M sold 77091.0 shares worth $12.4 million at the price of $160.95 per share. Filings also show that Fritz Lance M bought a total of 164298.0 shares on 1/28/2019 valued at $12.4 million. Since the last insider activity, the company’s share price has climbed 10.06%.