Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the sixteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, eight have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $116.54.
A number of research analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $102.00 price target (up from $97.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $117.00 to $120.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and set a $121.00 price target (down from $126.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, March 23rd.
In other news, Director Henry J. Maier bought 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $104.35 per share, for a total transaction of $104,350.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 5,159 shares in the company, valued at approximately $538,341.65. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total transaction of $262,725.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 19,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,198,415. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.
KSU traded up $0.36 during trading on Thursday, reaching $112.29. The stock had a trading volume of 284,843 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,326,239. The stock has a market cap of $11,349.29, a PE ratio of 21.06, a P/E/G ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a quick ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Kansas City Southern has a one year low of $86.14 and a one year high of $114.85.
Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $660.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $658.33 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.07% and a net margin of 37.24%. The firm’s revenue was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.21 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Kansas City Southern will post 6.21 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.28%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.43%.
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Kansas City Southern Company Profile
Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. It serves a ten-state region in the midwest and southeast regions of the United States and has the shortest north/south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri, and ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
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