Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) – Equities researchers at Credit Agricole SA decreased their Q3 2016 earnings estimates for shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. Credit Agricole SA analyst D. Lipschitz now forecasts that the brokerage will post earnings per share of $1.23 for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $1.26. Credit Agricole SA also issued estimates for Kansas City Southern’s FY2016 earnings at $4.48 EPS.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $1.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates 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 firm earned $569 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $572.20 million.

Earnings History and Estimates for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

KSU has been the subject of several other research reports. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $107.00 price target (up previously from $103.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $101.00 price target (up previously from $99.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. RBC Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $114.00 target price (up previously from $109.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $109.00 to $114.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. Finally, Barclays PLC increased their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $73.00 to $79.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $100.92.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded down 0.43% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $93.20. 451,817 shares of the company were exchanged. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $62.20 and a 12 month high of $100.69. The company has a market capitalization of $10.06 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.28 and a beta of 1.14. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $93.78 and its 200-day moving average is $92.67.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KSU. Investment House LLC increased its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.9% in the second quarter. Investment House LLC now owns 2,572 shares of the company’s stock worth $232,000 after buying an additional 22 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.4% in the second quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 7,827 shares of the company’s stock worth $705,000 after buying an additional 30 shares during the last quarter. Washington Trust Bank increased its position in Kansas City Southern by 3.2% in the third quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 1,651 shares of the company’s stock worth $154,000 after buying an additional 51 shares during the last quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI increased its position in Kansas City Southern by 2.0% in the second quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 3,257 shares of the company’s stock worth $293,000 after buying an additional 63 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. increased its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.7% in the second quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 12,316 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,110,000 after buying an additional 83 shares during the last quarter. 91.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other news, insider David L. Starling sold 5,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.88, for a total transaction of $504,288.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, SVP William J. Wochner sold 26,521 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.32, for a total transaction of $2,607,544.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.86% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 12th were given a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 8th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.41%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is 28.82%.

About Kansas City Southern

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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