Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.22 by $0.10. The company earned $605 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $411.30 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.00% and a net margin of 21.13%.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) opened at 94.71 on Tuesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $93.33 and a 200-day moving average price of $92.92. The firm has a market cap of $10.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.61 and a beta of 1.14. Kansas City Southern has a one year low of $62.20 and a one year high of $100.69.

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The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 5th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 12th were issued a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 8th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.39%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is 28.82%.

In related news, insider David L. Starling sold 5,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.88, for a total value of $504,288.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated 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 transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 90,228 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,627,601.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.86% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern during the second quarter valued at about $459,000. Sei Investments Co. boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 116.4% in the second quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 243,662 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,951,000 after buying an additional 131,079 shares during the period. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 81.3% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 17,506 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,578,000 after buying an additional 7,850 shares during the period. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 11.1% in the second quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 134,117 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,083,000 after buying an additional 13,416 shares during the period. Finally, Public Sector Pension Investment Board boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 16.6% in the second quarter. Public Sector Pension Investment Board now owns 20,421 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,840,000 after buying an additional 2,900 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. RBC Capital Markets restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $114.00 price target (up previously from $109.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Barclays PLC lifted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $73.00 to $79.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. 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 note on Friday, July 22nd. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $109.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 13th. Finally, Atlantic Securities assumed coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Thursday, August 11th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $113.00 price target for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $100.92.

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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