Bp Plc lowered its holdings in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 14.3% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 12,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the quarter. Bp Plc’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $1,263,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. QS Investors LLC increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.5% in the second quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 1,320 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $138,000 after acquiring an additional 7 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.9% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,524 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $787,000 after acquiring an additional 68 shares during the period. CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 11,135 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $1,172,000 after acquiring an additional 461 shares during the period. Norinchukin Bank The increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 6.6% in the third quarter. Norinchukin Bank The now owns 7,846 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $853,000 after acquiring an additional 484 shares during the period. Finally, Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.4% in the third quarter. Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL now owns 135,508 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $14,727,000 after acquiring an additional 490 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.63% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) opened at $103.77 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $10,690.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.25, a P/E/G ratio of 1.28 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $81.54 and a 52-week high of $114.85.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $660.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $658.33 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.24% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The firm’s revenue was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.21 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.24 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Investors of record on Monday, March 12th will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.39%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 15.62%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, November 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 price objective on the stock. Barclays increased their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group increased their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $122.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $115.47.

In related news, COO Jeffrey M. Songer sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.80, for a total transaction of $335,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total transaction of $262,725.00. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 19,455 shares in the company, valued at $2,198,415. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Kansas City Southern

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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