Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seventeen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $130.34.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on KSU. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern to $130.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 10th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $111.00 to $121.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, July 22nd. Raymond James boosted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $140.00 to $141.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group boosted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $134.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 22nd.

In other Kansas City Southern news, Director Lu M. Cordova sold 1,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $116.85, for a total transaction of $116,850.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,032 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $120,589.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, General Counsel Adam J. Godderz sold 1,390 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction on Monday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.13, for a total transaction of $173,930.70. Following the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 4,892 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $612,135.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 17,727 shares of company stock valued at $2,177,321 over the last ninety days. 0.82% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of KSU. Berman Capital Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Kansas City Southern by 164.8% in the second quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC now owns 241 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $29,000 after acquiring an additional 150 shares during the period. Thor Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter valued at about $37,000. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter valued at about $40,000. Bogart Wealth LLC acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter valued at about $46,000. Finally, Atlas Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern during the second quarter valued at about $46,000. 86.54% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE KSU traded down $3.77 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $117.43. 9,916 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 960,200. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $121.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 0.79 and a quick ratio of 0.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.11 billion, a PE ratio of 19.70, a PEG ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.94. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $90.55 and a 52-week high of $126.47.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 19th. The transportation company reported $1.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.60 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $714.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $704.55 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 20.35% and a return on equity of 12.45%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.54 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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