Kansas City Southern (KSU) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kansas City Southern earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 47.7416970840952 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $109.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 target price (up previously from $118.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, November 13th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $88.00 to $90.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $115.47.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded up $1.43 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $109.01. 899,434 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,540,000. Kansas City Southern has a one year low of $81.54 and a one 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 company has a market cap of $11,230.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.83.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate 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 quarter last year, the firm posted $1.21 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.24 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.32%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 27.59%.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total value of $262,725.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 19,455 shares in the company, valued at $2,198,415. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Henry J. Maier bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The stock was purchased at an average price 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 of the company’s stock, valued at $538,341.65. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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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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