CWM Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 6.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 2,802 shares of the transportation company’s stock after buying an additional 160 shares during the quarter. CWM Advisors LLC’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $267,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Aurora Investment Counsel boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Aurora Investment Counsel now owns 18,835 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,798,000 after buying an additional 1,110 shares during the last quarter. B.S. Pension Fund Trustee Ltd acting for the British Steel Pension Fund purchased a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $15,859,000. Whitehelm Capital Pty Ltd boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 28.3% in the fourth quarter. Whitehelm Capital Pty Ltd now owns 47,625 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $4,546,000 after buying an additional 10,505 shares during the last quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 58.4% in the fourth quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 5,994 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $572,000 after buying an additional 2,210 shares during the last quarter. Finally, HRT Financial LLC purchased a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $243,000. 89.11% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
A number of brokerages recently commented on KSU. Loop Capital upped their target price on Kansas City Southern to $142.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. Raymond James upped their target price on Kansas City Southern from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the company a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on Kansas City Southern to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday. Barclays lowered their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $130.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $130.00 to $135.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $126.69.
Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $1.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.10. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.40% and a net margin of 21.30%. The business had revenue of $674.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $669.08 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.30 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.78 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 11th were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 8th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.15%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.12%.
About Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. The company 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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