Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the sixteen analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, ten have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $127.00.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 10th. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. Loop Capital lifted their target price on Kansas City Southern to $142.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Raymond James lifted their target price on Kansas City Southern from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on Kansas City Southern to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th.

In other Kansas City Southern news, EVP Brian D. Hancock sold 4,648 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.77, for a total value of $579,930.96. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 30,276 shares in the company, valued at $3,777,536.52. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 13,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.48, for a total value of $1,717,824.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 109,725 shares in the company, valued at approximately $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 in the last quarter. 0.82% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of KSU. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. grew its stake in Kansas City Southern by 82.2% in the fourth quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 266 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $25,000 after purchasing an additional 120 shares in the last quarter. Cresset Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the first quarter valued at about $33,000. Thor Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the first quarter valued at about $37,000. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the first quarter valued at about $40,000. Finally, Edmond DE Rothschild Holding S.A. purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter valued at about $43,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.51% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE KSU opened at $116.91 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.36. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.76 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.58, a P/E/G ratio of 1.14 and a beta of 0.91. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $90.55 and a 52-week high of $125.92.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $1.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping 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 company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.30 EPS. As a group, research analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.83 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, June 7th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.23%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is 24.12%.

About Kansas City Southern

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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