Kansas City Southern (KSU) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.18

News coverage about Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kansas City Southern earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.5578779198444 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU) traded up $0.75 on Monday, hitting $109.94. 1,536,700 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,100,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.69. Kansas City Southern has a fifty-two week low of $80.38 and a fifty-two week high of $114.85. The stock has a market cap of $11,380.00, a PE ratio of 21.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 0.87.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 20th. The transportation company reported $1.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.03. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 21.42% and a return on equity of 11.86%. The business had revenue of $653.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $651.95 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.12 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 5.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid 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 dividend yield of 1.31%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 28.29%.

KSU has been the subject of a number of research reports. Cowen lifted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $111.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Credit Suisse Group lifted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $122.00 to $124.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $109.00 price target on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $118.00 price target on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $113.18.

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