DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST)’s share price traded up 5% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $84.48 and last traded at $83.92. 10,154,600 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 360% from the average session volume of 2,206,375 shares. The stock had previously closed at $79.89.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. DA Davidson downgraded shares of DST Systems from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Friday. Robert W. Baird boosted their price target on shares of DST Systems from $68.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 22nd. Evercore ISI restated an “in-line” rating on shares of DST Systems in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of DST Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of DST Systems from $57.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $68.50.

The company has a quick ratio of 1.09, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The company has a market capitalization of $5,030.00, a P/E ratio of 12.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.34 and a beta of 1.37.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last issued its earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The technology company reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.73 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $562.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $523.57 million. DST Systems had a net margin of 21.26% and a return on equity of 16.20%. The company’s revenue was up 45.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.77 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that DST Systems, Inc. will post 3.07 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.50, for a total transaction of $1,290,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 75,518 shares in the company, valued at $4,870,911. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. In the last quarter, insiders have purchased 976 shares of company stock valued at $59,812. Insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its position in DST Systems by 119.4% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,326 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $144,000 after acquiring an additional 1,266 shares during the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP lifted its position in DST Systems by 128.6% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 3,205 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $198,000 after acquiring an additional 1,803 shares during the last quarter. Intl Fcstone Inc. purchased a new stake in DST Systems in the second quarter valued at $221,000. SNS Financial Group LLC purchased a new stake in DST Systems in the third quarter valued at $262,000. Finally, Prudential PLC lifted its position in DST Systems by 100.0% in the second quarter. Prudential PLC now owns 4,400 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $271,000 after acquiring an additional 2,200 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.71% of the company’s stock.

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About DST Systems

DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.

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