Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)’s share price gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $105.90, but opened at $106.12. Kansas City Southern shares last traded at $104.75, with a volume of 71609 shares traded.

KSU has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, September 24th. Cowen raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $124.00 to $138.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 29th. Raymond James lifted their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $128.00 to $133.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 31st. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $119.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. Finally, Bank of America dropped their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $134.00 to $130.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $123.92.

The stock has a market capitalization of $10.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.18, a P/E/G ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 1.20.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its earnings results on Friday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $1.57 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.57. The business had revenue of $699.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $708.19 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.98% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.35 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Kansas City Southern will post 6.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, September 10th were issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 7th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.43%.

In related news, VP Suzanne M. Grafton sold 729 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.78, for a total transaction of $87,319.62. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10,580 shares in the company, valued at $1,267,272.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Michael W. Upchurch sold 5,442 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $116.77, for a total transaction of $635,462.34. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 17,906 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,090,883.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 7,171 shares of company stock valued at $841,712. 0.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Assetmark Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the second quarter worth approximately $101,000. FNY Investment Advisers LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the second quarter worth approximately $105,000. TRUE Private Wealth Advisors acquired a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the third quarter worth approximately $118,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd boosted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 63.5% during the second quarter. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd now owns 1,439 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $152,000 after purchasing an additional 559 shares during the period. Finally, Summit Trail Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 9,893.5% during the first quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 162,495 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $162,000 after purchasing an additional 160,869 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.70% of the company’s stock.

About Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. It 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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