The report noted that among the components of the Dow Jones Transportation Average , UNP shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability metrics.
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The report stated, " Dividend investors approaching investing from a value standpoint are generally most interested in researching the strongest most profitable companies, that also happen to be trading at an attractive valuation. That's what we aim to find using our proprietary DividendRank formula, which ranks the coverage universe based upon our various criteria for both profitability and valuation, to generate a list of the top most 'interesting' stocks, meant for investors as a source of ideas that merit further research. "
The Dow Jones Transportation Average, or "Dow Transports" for short, actually pre-dates the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and is the most widely followed index covering the American transportation sector.
The current annualized dividend paid by Union Pacific is $2.42 per share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 05/26/2017. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for UNP, which the report stressed as being of key importance.
Indeed, studying a company's past dividend history can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.
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