Morgan Stanley set a $111.00 price objective on Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) in a research report sent to investors on Monday, Stock Target Advisor reports. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the transportation company’s stock.

A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. Raymond James reissued an average rating and issued a $10.50 target price on shares of Hudbay Minerals in a research note on Thursday, April 18th. Barclays reduced their target price on Kansas City Southern from $130.00 to $128.00 and set an equal weight rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 4th. Bank of America increased their target price on Altria Group from $56.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised Garrett Motion from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, May 10th. Finally, Citigroup set a $20.00 target price on Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, April 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $127.36.

KSU opened at $121.13 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $12.19 billion, a PE ratio of 20.29, a PEG ratio of 1.22 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a current ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Kansas City Southern has a 52 week low of $90.55 and a 52 week high of $125.92. The company has a fifty day moving average price of $119.12.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $1.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $674.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $669.08 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.40% and a net margin of 21.30%. The firm’s revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.30 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post 6.74 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 10th were paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 7th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.19%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 24.12%.

In other news, VP Suzanne M. Grafton sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $123.07, for a total transaction of $123,070.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10,218 shares in the company, valued at $1,257,529.26. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 13,800 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The stock was 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 owns 109,725 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $13,658,568. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 32,285 shares of company stock worth $3,987,116 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 0.82% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of KSU. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. boosted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 82.2% during the fourth quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 266 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $25,000 after purchasing an additional 120 shares during the period. Thor Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter worth about $37,000. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter worth about $40,000. Edmond DE Rothschild Holding S.A. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter worth about $43,000. Finally, Bogart Wealth LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the first quarter worth about $46,000. Institutional investors own 86.45% of the company’s stock.

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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