Scotia Capital Inc. acquired a new stake in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 2,123 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $223,000.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Delpha Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $102,000. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 182.8% in the 4th quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,414 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $149,000 after purchasing an additional 914 shares during the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $160,000. Finally, Pineno Levin & Ford Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $251,000. 87.98% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU) opened at $109.58 on Wednesday. Kansas City Southern has a 1 year low of $81.54 and a 1 year high of $114.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a current ratio of 0.70. The stock has a market cap of $11,463.68, a P/E ratio of 21.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.89.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.02. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.24% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The company had revenue of $660.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $658.33 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.21 EPS. Kansas City Southern’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post 6.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 15.64%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on KSU shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $102.00 price objective (up from $97.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, November 24th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $121.00 price objective (down from $126.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $115.53.

In other news, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total transaction of $262,725.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 19,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,198,415. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Henry J. Maier bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $104.35 per share, with a total value of $104,350.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 5,159 shares in the company, valued at $538,341.65. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a holding company. The Company has 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’s subsidiaries include The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de C.V.

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