Friday, January 22, 2016


Union Pacific Corp (UNP)
Purchased 5 shares of UNP on 1/22/2016 at $69.70
Total Spent: $348.50; added $11.00 in forward dividends.

Another winter deal in the books! Union Pacific Corp (UNP) opened the day by setting a new 52-week low today. We saw the dip as an opportunity to add more shares to one of our existing holdings. Although we missed the opportunity to pick up shares at the lowest point of the day when it dipped to $67.06, we did manage to pick up a few shares at $69.70 before it closed the day at $71.00. 

A 60 billion dollar dividend payer for since 1900 (over 115 years!) with a yield in the 3% range. We couldn't resist the opportunity to add to our current position. With today's purchase, we now own a total of 21 shares of UNP that will continue to provide our family with an estimated $46.20 in dividends a year. Given their long dividend history, we are confident that those dividends can be counted on for years to come.  And looking at the same history, it is likely that these dividends will continue to grow as well.

Company Description
From Google Finance:
Union Pacific Corporation operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. The Company is a Class I railroad operating in the United States, which has 31,974 route miles and maintains coordinated schedules with other rail carriers to move freight. It links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a supply chain link around the world. Its business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal. The Company serves United States population centers, operates from West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and serves six Mexico gateways. The Company's freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business

With today's purchase of Union Pacific Corp (UNP), the estimated forward dividends for our family's dividend stocks portfolio grew another $11.00, putting our yearly dividends at approximately $3,600/year (excluding our Edwards Jones account) and $3,958/year (including our Edward Jones account).  

Since we already previously owned UNP, our family's dividend stocks portfolios (WF and EJ Accounts) remained the same with total of 51 different dividend paying stocks/ETFs and also 4 companies that either don't pay a dividend our has currently suspended their dividends.

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Union Pacific Corp (UNP)
P/E: 12.93
Payout Ratio: 37.13%
Dividend Yield: 3.00%
Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 14.99%
consecutive years of dividend increases
Last Ex-dividend date: 11/25/2015
Next Ex-dividend date: approx. 2/25/2015
Have paid a dividend since: 1900 (115 years)
Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
Market Cap: 60.6 Billion
52-week high: $124.52
52-week low: $67.06

Purchased Price: $69.70

What are your thoughts on of recent purchase?

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  1. Great purchase! UNP is on my watch list also. It's always good feeling buying at or just above 52 week low.

    Great job!

    1. Hope you are able to pick up a few shares your desired price Mr. TOL. Picking up shares near the 52-week low is always a great feeling, especially when it is company that has been around over a century. :)


  2. Excellent purchase, AFFJ. UNP is such a well run company - hard to pass up this opportunity when its trading under $70


    1. Thanks R2R, we've watch UNP decline the past few weeks and felt that a dip below $70 was a nice threshold to buy into. AFFJ

  3. AFFJ,
    Nice pickup under $70. I bought some before earnings in the $74 range. Still happy about my purchase. Looking to add a couple more lots when I have the capital.

    1. RBD - our buy this week actually lowered our cost basis. Wish we could say our first purchase in UNP was this low. Hopefully, it remains at these levels and allow the both of us to grab a few more shares. AFFJ

  4. UNP at $69 is really a sweet deal. I can't afford US dollar for a while. Wish I was an American resident. Good job!


    1. Sorry to hear your currency is falling against the dollar BSR. Although UNP might not be a great value for you after the rate exchange, CNI appears to be attractive right now. The yield could be a bit higher though. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by. AFFJ

  5. that's a good one. Even though they had a bad earnings they are still making cash and able to pay their dividends on time. good choice mate

    1. Thanks BDI, glad we were able to pick up some shares under $70 and add another $11 to our forward dividends.

      Appreciate the comment BDI. Best wishes! AFFJ

  6. I still hold no rails in my portfolios but can get behind this buy at these levels. Any company that's been around for over a century knows how to adapt and continue to grow. Others have been picking up UNP too. Buy at near the 52 week low... not a bad idea. Thanks for sharing.

    1. DivHut - We still somehow manage to have an up year in 2015, but after the impact that the decline in oil and energy stocks decline had on our portfolio and income stream last year, we have vowed to bring the risk meter down a few notches this year. We have committed to only buying stocks with billion dollar market caps, low payout ratio, and long dividend history. Buying near the 52-week low would be nice too but not essential. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by. Regards, AFFJ