Kansas City Southern (KSU) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seventeen brokerages that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, ten have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $115.47.

Several brokerages have commented on KSU. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $88.00 to $90.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Barclays increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Cowen increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $111.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Credit Suisse Group increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $122.00 to $124.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on Kansas City Southern from $116.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) traded up $2.08 on Friday, reaching $113.50. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,000,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,460,000. The company has a current ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51. Kansas City Southern has a 1-year low of $81.54 and a 1-year high of $114.85. The stock has a market cap of $11,750.00, a P/E ratio of 12.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 0.87.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.34% and a net margin of 37.24%. The business had revenue of $660.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $658.33 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.21 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be paid a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.27%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 15.62%.

In other news, SVP Mary K. Stadler sold 1,973 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.91, for a total value of $205,014.43. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 6,102 shares in the company, valued at approximately $634,058.82. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, COO Jeffrey M. Songer sold 3,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.80, for a total value of $335,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KSU. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at $116,000. Howe & Rusling Inc. purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern during the third quarter valued at $130,000. QS Investors LLC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.5% during the second quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 1,320 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $138,000 after purchasing an additional 7 shares in the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern during the second quarter valued at $160,000. Finally, Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern during the third quarter valued at $160,000. Institutional investors own 84.07% of the company’s stock.

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Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a holding company. The Company has domestic and international rail operations in North America that are focused on the north/south freight corridor connecting commercial and industrial markets in the central United States with industrial cities in Mexico. The Company’s subsidiaries include The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de C.V.

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