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Risk-to-Price Commentary: Union Pacific Corp. Nov 10
Standard & Poors, November 2010
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its corporate credit rating on Union Pacific Corp. to 'BBB+' with a stable outlook from 'BBB' on Thursday on the heels of the railroad company's 15% dividend increase, the second this year. In its rationale for the upgrade, the agency noted a 14% increase in the railroad's third-quarter volumes. "Union Pacific's credit measures have improved," Standard & Poor's said. "Given stable pricing trends, strong cost controls, and improved operating efficiency, we expect the company's revenues and operating income to continue to improve over the next several quarters." Shares in Union Pacific closed up 2% at $91.69 Thursday. Year to date, the shares have gained 39% (see chart 1). Against this backdrop, the Standard &...
Companies mentioned in this report are: CSX Corp.,Union Pacific Corp.,Norfolk Southern Corp.,CSX Transportation Inc.,Norfolk Southern Railway Co.
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CSX Corp.,Union Pacific Corp.,Norfolk Southern Corp.,CSX Transportation Inc.,Norfolk Southern Railway Co.