Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) fell 1.3% during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $97.83 and last traded at $98.18, with a volume of 1,555,438 shares. The stock had previously closed at $99.47.

A number of research firms recently commented on KSU. Loop Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, August 15th. Atlantic Securities began coverage on Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, August 11th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $113.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 4th. TheStreet raised Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $107.00 target price (up previously from $103.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Friday, July 22nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $100.02.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $96.62 and a 200 day moving average of $90.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.60 billion and a PE ratio of 21.37.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $1.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.08 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $569 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $572.20 million. On average, equities analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post $4.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 12th will be paid a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 8th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.34%.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer sold 5,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.62, for a total value of $478,100.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 90,228 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,627,601.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Robert J. Druten sold 3,240 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.94, for a total value of $291,405.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 21,524 shares in the company, valued at $1,935,868.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Kansas City Southern stock. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 0.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 152,148 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,399 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. owned 0.14% of Kansas City Southern worth $11,361,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company with 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 controls and owns The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), a United States Class I railroad that serves a 10-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 several key ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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