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Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is expected to report last fiscal quarter's results before the opening bell on January 19, 2012. Let's review how Union Pacific has performed in recent quarters.

Union Pacific, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. The company was founded in 1862 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. UNP trades an average of 2.4 million shares per day.

52 Week High: $112.52

52 Week Low: $77.73

Book Value: $38.41

Float Short: 0.97%

On average, 23 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.05 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $1.85. Investors will be looking to see a number north of $1.8 per share, based on the earnings estimates. Analyst estimates range between $1.73 and $1.86 per share.

The P/E ratio has come down, as the current trailing twelve months (TTM) P/E ratio is 17.8, while the forward P/E ratio is now 14.31. A falling PE ratio may signal a bargain for astute investors, or maybe time to move on.

It appears based the the stock trading above the important moving averages like the 200 MA, 90 MA and 60 MA, that there is a lot more upside relative to the risk left in this trade, and yet the PE is not crazy which would otherwise have me thinking of looking into short interest before the last report.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $16.97 billion for 2010 vs. $14.14 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $2.78 billion for 2010 vs. $1.89 billion for 2009. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $4.98 billion for 2010 vs. $3.38 billion for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies. Be sure to check the margins to make sure that the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for UNP

Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Sep-11 $ 5.01 B $ 5.10 B $ 92.97 M 1.86%
Jun-11 $ 4.74 B $ 4.86 B $ 120.25 M 2.54%
Mar-11 $ 4.41 B $ 4.49 B $ 81.26 M 1.84%
Dec-10 $ 4.36 B $ 4.41 B $ 52.94 M 1.22%
Sep-10 $ 4.36 B $ 4.41 B $ 45.98 M 1.05%

M = millions, B = billions

Differences are rounded. (Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.)

paid2trade.com Quarterly Estimates And Actual EPS results UNP

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

The total short interest number of shares for UNP.

paid2trade.com short interest tool. The total short interest number of shares for UNP

The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for UNP.

paid2trade.com number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for UNP

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Source: Earnings Preview: Union Pacific Set To Report Wednesday