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.
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.
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