Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $127.00.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Citigroup increased their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $130.00 to $135.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 4th. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 target price (up from $122.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Wednesday, March 20th. Loop Capital set a $132.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Finally, Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Wednesday, May 1st.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 13,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.48, for a total transaction of $1,717,824.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 109,725 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,658,568. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Brian D. Hancock sold 4,648 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.77, for a total transaction of $579,930.96. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 30,276 shares in the company, valued at $3,777,536.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 31,285 shares of company stock valued at $3,870,266 over the last 90 days. 0.82% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KSU. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 47.6% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 248,926 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $28,198,000 after acquiring an additional 80,251 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc raised its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 2.2% in the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 582,101 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $65,940,000 after buying an additional 12,808 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley raised its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 34.7% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 999,755 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $113,252,000 after buying an additional 257,695 shares during the period. First Hawaiian Bank raised its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 15.3% in the fourth quarter. First Hawaiian Bank now owns 4,042 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $386,000 after buying an additional 535 shares during the period. Finally, DNB Asset Management AS raised its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 21.1% in the fourth quarter. DNB Asset Management AS now owns 14,450 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,379,000 after buying an additional 2,522 shares during the period. 92.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Kansas City Southern stock traded down $0.11 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $120.78. 24,359 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,115,307. The company has a market cap of $12.36 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.24, a PEG ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.36. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $90.55 and a 52-week high of $125.92.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $1.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $674.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $669.08 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 21.30% and a return on equity of 12.40%. Kansas City Southern’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.30 EPS. As a group, equities analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post 6.86 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 3rd. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 7th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.19%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 24.12%.

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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