Investment analysts at Benchmark started coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage set a “hold” rating on the transportation company’s stock.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on KSU. Deutsche Bank reissued a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, October 21st. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Loop Capital raised their target price on Kansas City Southern to $169.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 11th. UBS Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $190.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Tuesday. Seaport Global Securities raised their target price on Kansas City Southern from $145.00 to $154.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 18th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, October 28th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $73.00 price objective on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $162.71.

Shares of NYSE:KSU traded up $0.55 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $165.36. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 19,189 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,104,783. The company has a current ratio of 0.78, a quick ratio of 0.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $101.11 and a 12 month high of $168.81. The firm’s 50 day simple moving average is $155.95 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $138.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.40 billion, a PE ratio of 30.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.99.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 17th. The transportation company reported $1.82 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.83 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $729.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $730.99 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 18.80% and a return on equity of 13.41%. The firm’s revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.56 EPS. Research analysts anticipate that Kansas City Southern will post 8.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CFO Michael W. Upchurch sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $151.65, for a total value of $151,650.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 20,213 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,065,301.45. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Lora S. Cheatum sold 5,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $151.37, for a total value of $832,535.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 17,574 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,660,176.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 20,978 shares of company stock worth $3,216,845 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.82% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group boosted its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 81.3% in the second quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group now owns 223 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $27,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Horan Capital Advisors LLC. bought a new position in Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth approximately $28,000. HM Payson & Co. bought a new position in Kansas City Southern in the second quarter worth approximately $32,000. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC boosted its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 1,288.9% in the third quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 250 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $33,000 after acquiring an additional 232 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Resources Management Corp CT ADV bought a new position in Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth approximately $35,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.41% of the company’s stock.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

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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