Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

A number of other analysts have also recently commented on KSU. Loop Capital boosted their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern to $132.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Cowen restated a “hold” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Credit Suisse Group boosted their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $125.00 to $126.00 and gave the company a “$111.08” rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $106.00 to $108.00 and gave the stock a “$111.08” rating in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $126.64.

Shares of KSU stock opened at $97.20 on Thursday. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $96.33 and a 12 month high of $120.34. The firm has a market cap of $10.13 billion, a PE ratio of 18.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a current ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $1.57 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.57. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.98% and a return on equity of 11.98%. The firm had revenue of $699.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $708.19 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.35 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.02 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Lu M. Cordova sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.93, for a total value of $118,930.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Suzanne M. Grafton sold 729 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.78, for a total transaction of $87,319.62. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,580 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,267,272.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Assetmark Inc. purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the 2nd quarter worth about $101,000. FNY Investment Advisers LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the 2nd quarter worth about $105,000. Ancora Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the 3rd quarter worth about $114,000. TRUE Private Wealth Advisors purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the 3rd quarter worth about $118,000. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. purchased a new position in Kansas City Southern in the 3rd quarter worth about $128,000. Institutional investors own 88.02% of the company’s stock.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. It 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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