Vertical Research started coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) in a research note published on Tuesday. The brokerage issued a hold rating on the stock.

Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on KSU. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. started coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. They issued an outperform rating and a $87.32 target price for the company. Citigroup Inc. restated a buy rating and issued a $108.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Saturday, June 18th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Kansas City Southern from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, June 21st. BMO Capital Markets restated a market perform rating and issued a $94.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. restated a buy rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Kansas City Southern currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $100.92.

Analyst Recommendations for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded down 1.59% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $94.10. 477,964 shares of the company traded hands. Kansas City Southern has a one year low of $62.20 and a one year high of $100.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.48 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $93.94 and a 200-day moving average price of $92.66.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $1.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.14. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 21.13% and a return on equity of 12.00%. The business earned $569 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $572.20 million. Analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post $4.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 5th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 12th were issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 8th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 28.82%.

In related news, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.62, for a total value of $478,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 90,228 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,627,601.36. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider David L. Starling sold 5,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.88, for a total transaction of $504,288.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.86% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of KSU. Seven Bridges Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 30.0% in the second quarter. Seven Bridges Advisors LLC now owns 1,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 277 shares during the last quarter. Mizuho Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 57.8% in the second quarter. Mizuho Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 1,425 shares of the company’s stock valued at $128,000 after buying an additional 522 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 1,065.2% in the second quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,538 shares of the company’s stock valued at $138,000 after buying an additional 1,406 shares during the last quarter. Washington Trust Bank raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 3.2% in the third quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 1,651 shares of the company’s stock valued at $154,000 after buying an additional 51 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 8.6% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 2,160 shares of the company’s stock valued at $195,000 after buying an additional 171 shares during the last quarter. 91.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company with 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 controls and owns The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), a United States Class I railroad that serves a 10-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 several key ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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