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Incorporated in Utah in 1969 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) is the largest public railroad in North America, and one of the world’s largest transportation companies. Its business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal. The Company operates from West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and serves approximately six Mexico gateways. Its current total market capitalization of $87.5 billion makes UNP a large cap stock (large capitalization) and its long history of consistent revenues and earnings growth makes it a solid company.
It is considered a diversified business with wide economic moat and durable competitive advantages over rivals, and enjoys a solid corporate culture. According to Yahoo! Finance, consensus estimates call for the company to earn about $5.64 per share this year, up from $5.09 per share in 2016, and to earn about $6.36 in 2018. Union Pacific Corp. has paid dividends to investors since 1900, and has increased its payments for 6 consecutive years at an average rate of 19.4%. Its quarterly dividend payment of $0.61 currently provides a yield of 2.14%.
The value of dividends reinvestment: A hypothetical investment in Union Pacific Corp. has grown cumulatively (including dividends reinvested) 10,420.42% during the last forty years. The same investment has grown only 5,097.50% in the same period of time, excluding dividends. UNP still has room for significant dividend growth in the coming years, since the company's current Dividend Payout Ratio (DPR, which is its dividend payments as a percentage of its earnings), is just 43%. Its average Dividend Payout Ratio (DPR) during the past 5 years is just 36%. According to Morningstar, the stock is trading 4.9% below its Fair Value Estimate, making it attractive for investors with a long-term investment horizon. Technically (from the chart’s perspective) UNP also looks attractive, trading 13.1% below its all-time high, while it is forming a long price consolidation pattern between $70 and $123 approximately, in which $70 is acting as a strong technical support level.
The actively managed no-load mutual funds Dodge & Cox Stock (DODGX) and Vanguard Dividend Growth Inv. (VDIGX) are major shareholders of UNP, holding 0.99% and 0.90% of its shares respectively. The stock is also one of the 63 holdings of the mutual fund managed my Moneypaper Advisors, the MP 63 Fund (DRIPX). UNP’s main competitors in the world are CSX Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp., Canadian National Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. The dividend re-investment plan charges no fees for cash investing, dividend reinvestment, safekeeping, automatic investment or termination of the plan. With the stock being fundamental and technically attractive, this company offers long-term investors the opportunity to own a leading business with a strong record of delivering shareholder returns and solid strategic execution.
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Mario Medina Bio:
Born in Cuba and graduated in Architecture from the University of Havana, Mario Medina is editor and writer of the weekly online investment newsletter El Boletín, and senior analyst for Julie Stav, Inc. Through seminars and conferences live and online, articles in his blog, videos and Podcasts, Mario teaches people inside and outside the United States. The point that differentiates Mario in his teachings, is the simplicity and softness of the language, teaching beginners, the same way he wanted to be educated when starting in the world of personal finances and investments.
Mario provides investment guidance in financial segments of Hispanic television and radio, and has had his own space on those topics at Univision Radio Network, also participating in Tu Dinero, Julie Stav’s financial shows. Analyzing the status of the market and its indexes, examining leading companies, sectors and industries, and evaluating the performance of Julie Stav’s Platinum List of Companies, his popular online Daily Market Report allows thousands of people from across the country to follow the situation of the financial world and get the essential information they need to make the best decisions about their own investments.
Today, Mario provides independent fundamental and technical analysis for the mutual fund MoneyPaper 63 (DRIPX), which is the only fund that focuses solely in companies that offer small investors Dividend Re-investment Plans. He is also a regular contributor to directinvesting.com.
Today, those who read the articles written by Mario Medina, or those who daily follow his Market Report, listen to his segments, watch his videos, or attend his seminars, could not imagine that a little over a decade ago its author knew nothing about investments or the stock market. It has been a long, arduous road for the young man newly arrived to the US with empty pockets, a suitcase full of dreams, and whose first savings came from collecting empty soda cans and recycling scrap yard. After discovering the world of finance through books and radio programs, and after years of study and sacrifice, Mario Medina now advises thousands of Hispanics on how and when to buy or sell in the stock market in order to obtain the best returns and minimize their losses. He himself is a successful shareholder in some of those same companies whose refuse he previously collected...
What was the secret that allowed Mario to develop those early, small investments? "I think the key is to save and invest on a regular basis, with clearly defined long-term, diversified goals," he says. "To do so, each person must determine his o her risk tolerance level ... I do not feel comfortable risking as much as other people, and in turn many risk more than me. It is essential to know how far one can get without trying to beat the stock market every day.”
Through his regular segments, articles and analysis, Mario wants to offer everyone his successful strategies so that anyone can make the most of their work, their savings and their investments, and realize their dreams of economic prosperity. Mario Medina’s own dream is to help those interested in managing their money by knowing the risks and investing directly in the very best, teaching them the necessary steps to succeed in the stock market and other investments, participating in it directly and without brokers, so they can manage their money more efficiently and get better returns without paying more fees.
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