Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nineteen research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $112.50.
Several brokerages have recently weighed in on KSU. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, November 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 target price for the company. Barclays raised their target price on shares of 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. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $122.00 to $124.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd.
In other Kansas City Southern news, 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 transaction of $335,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Mary K. Stadler sold 1,973 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.91, for a total transaction of $205,014.43. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 6,102 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $634,058.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded up $2.19 on Tuesday, hitting $109.19. 2,130,536 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,289,875. The company has a market cap of $11,310.00, a PE ratio of 21.45, a P/E/G ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.87. Kansas City Southern has a one year low of $80.38 and a one year high of $114.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51.
Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The transportation company reported $1.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $653.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $651.95 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 21.42% and a return on equity of 11.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.12 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 5.21 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.32%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 28.29%.
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About Kansas City Southern
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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