Investors sold shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) on strength during trading on Friday. $69.68 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $105.82 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $36.14 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Kansas City Southern had the 13th highest net out-flow for the day. Kansas City Southern traded up $3.44 for the day and closed at $106.12

KSU has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank raised their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $119.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 5th. Cowen restated a “hold” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Loop Capital raised their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 28th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their target price 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. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $123.33.

The company has a market capitalization of $10.63 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.21, a P/E/G ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a current ratio of 1.20, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $1.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.57. The firm had revenue of $699.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $708.19 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 36.91% and a return on equity of 12.01%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.35 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.05 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 10th were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 7th. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is currently 27.43%.

In other news, Director Lu M. Cordova sold 1,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.93, for a total transaction of $118,930.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Michael W. Upchurch sold 5,442 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $116.77, for a total transaction of $635,462.34. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 17,906 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,090,883.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 7,171 shares of company stock worth $841,712. Company insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KSU. ING Groep NV grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 4.3% in the second quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 10,987 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,164,000 after purchasing an additional 458 shares in the last quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 20.4% in the second quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 2,955 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $313,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares in the last quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.5% in the first quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC now owns 97,743 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $10,737,000 after purchasing an additional 521 shares in the last quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 1.0% in the second quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. now owns 54,092 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $5,732,000 after purchasing an additional 548 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Moors & Cabot Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 14.2% in the first quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 4,427 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $486,000 after purchasing an additional 551 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 87.76% of the company’s stock.

About Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

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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