Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-three brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $154.15.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on Kansas City Southern from $146.00 to $147.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 20th. Wells Fargo & Co cut their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $174.00 to $170.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, May 22nd. UBS Group cut Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $147.00 to $139.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 1st. Susquehanna Bancshares dropped their target price on Kansas City Southern from $169.00 to $142.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, April 8th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Kansas City Southern from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $130.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Thursday, April 9th.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CAO Suzanne M. Grafton sold 300 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.15, for a total transaction of $44,145.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 9,633 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,417,495.95. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CMO Michael J. Naatz sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.57, for a total value of $436,710.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 12,507 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,820,643.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.82% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 247.7% during the 1st quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 79,397 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $10,098,000 after acquiring an additional 56,560 shares during the period. Guggenheim Capital LLC boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 31.7% during the first quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 54,818 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $6,973,000 after purchasing an additional 13,192 shares in the last quarter. Optimal Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 155.3% in the first quarter. Optimal Asset Management Inc. now owns 11,224 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,427,000 after purchasing an additional 6,828 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department grew its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 3.1% in the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 431,219 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $54,842,000 after purchasing an additional 12,954 shares during the period. Finally, Coldstream Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern in the first quarter valued at approximately $782,000. 91.52% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NYSE:KSU traded down $1.57 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $145.71. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,517,652 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,148,614. The company has a market capitalization of $13.99 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.41, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 0.92. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $92.86 and a 12 month high of $178.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.32. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $146.62 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $148.01.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its earnings results on Friday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $1.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $731.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $716.19 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 14.63% and a net margin of 20.11%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.54 EPS. As a group, analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post 6.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 8th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 8th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, June 5th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.19%.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

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.

Further Reading: Straddles

Analyst Recommendations for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Receive News & Ratings for Kansas City Southern Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Kansas City Southern and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.