Kansas City Southern (KSU) – Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU):

  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Loop Capital. They now have a $124.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $118.00.
  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its price target raised by analysts at Cowen and Company from $111.00 to $113.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $88.00 to $90.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $109.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group from $122.00 to $124.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $100.00 to $105.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 10/12/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its price target raised by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from $116.00 to $130.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 10/10/2017 – Kansas City Southern was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $116.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $113.00.
  • 10/4/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a $123.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $116.00.
  • 10/4/2017 – Kansas City Southern was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Kansas City Southern's shares comfortably outperformed the industry it belongs to in the last six months. The improving scenario with respect to coal is aiding Kansas City Southern significantly. We are also bullish on the company's efforts to reward shareholders dividend payments and buybacks. In line with this objective, the company recently hiked its quarterly dividend in excess of 9%. Moreover, its board cleared a new share repurchase program worth $800 million. Sluggish intermodal revenues and high fuel costs, however, remain concerns. Moreover, high fuel costs might limit bottom line growth going forward.”
  • 10/2/2017 – Kansas City Southern was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $122.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Kansas City Southern's shares comfortably outperformed the industry it belongs to in the last six months. The improving scenario with respect to coal is aiding Kansas City Southern significantly. We are also bullish on the company's efforts to reward shareholders dividend payments and buybacks. In line with this objective, the company recently hiked its quarterly dividend in excess of 9%. Moreover, its board cleared a new share repurchase program worth $800 million. Sluggish intermodal revenues and high fuel costs, however, remain concerns. Moreover, high fuel costs might limit bottom line growth going forward.”
  • 10/2/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its “equal weight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a $88.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $93.00.
  • 9/21/2017 – Kansas City Southern had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $118.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/11/2017 – Kansas City Southern was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Kansas City Southern's shares comfortably outperformed the industry it belongs to in the last three months. The improving scenario with respect to coal is aiding Kansas City Southern significantly. We are also bullish on the company's efforts to reward shareholders dividend payments and buybacks. In line with this objective, the company recently hiked its quarterly dividend in excess of 9%. Moreover, its board cleared a new share repurchase program worth $800 million. Sluggish intermodal revenues and high fuel costs, however, remain concerns. Moreover, high fuel costs might limit bottom line growth going forward.”

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) opened at 104.22 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.99 billion, a PE ratio of 20.97 and a beta of 0.81. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $79.05 and a 52-week high of $109.13. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $105.62 and a 200-day moving average price of $100.92.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The transportation company reported $1.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.32 by $0.03. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.86% and a net margin of 21.42%. The firm had revenue of $653.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $651.95 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.12 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post $5.22 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 11th were paid a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 8th. This is an increase from Kansas City Southern’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is presently 28.29%.

In related news, SVP Mary K. Stadler sold 4,451 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.87, for a total value of $471,227.37. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 8,814 shares in the company, valued at $933,138.18. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya sold 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $102.93, for a total value of $617,580.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 42,087 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,332,014.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 14,469 shares of company stock worth $1,522,510 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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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