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Is Union Pacific (UNP) Stock Outpacing Its Transportation Peers This Year?

Investors focused on the Transportation space have likely heard of Union Pacific (UNP), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company's year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Transportation sector should help us answer this question.

Union Pacific is one of 149 companies in the Transportation group. The Transportation group currently sits at #7 within the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank is a successful stock-picking model that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions. The system highlights a number of different stocks that could be poised to outperform the broader market over the next one to three months. UNP is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Within the past quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for UNP's full-year earnings has moved 0.88% higher. This is a sign of improving analyst sentiment and a positive earnings outlook trend.

Our latest available data shows that UNP has returned about 4.74% since the start of the calendar year. Meanwhile, stocks in the Transportation group have lost about 8.76% on average. As we can see, Union Pacific is performing better than its sector in the calendar year.

Breaking things down more, UNP is a member of the Transportation - Rail industry, which includes 10 individual companies and currently sits at #9 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, stocks in this group have gained 7.27% this year, meaning that UNP is slightly underperforming its industry in terms of year-to-date returns.

Investors in the Transportation sector will want to keep a close eye on UNP as it attempts to continue its solid performance.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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