Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) had its price objective boosted by research analysts at Citigroup from $144.00 to $160.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the transportation company’s stock. Citigroup‘s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 8.93% from the company’s previous close.

KSU has been the topic of a number of other reports. Cascend Securities cut Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 17th. Loop Capital increased their target price on Kansas City Southern to $144.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $130.00 to $136.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, July 22nd. Cowen increased their target price on Kansas City Southern from $136.00 to $151.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Kansas City Southern from $121.00 to $120.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 7th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $143.13.

Shares of Kansas City Southern stock traded up $0.18 on Friday, reaching $146.88. 5,802 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 920,562. Kansas City Southern has a 52 week low of $90.55 and a 52 week high of $149.23. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $132.01 and its two-hundred day moving average is $123.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a current ratio of 0.79. The company has a market capitalization of $14.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.94.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its earnings results on Friday, October 18th. The transportation company reported $1.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.79 by $0.15. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 13.06% and a net margin of 20.23%. The company had revenue of $747.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $734.39 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.57 EPS. Kansas City Southern’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Lu M. Cordova sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.50, for a total transaction of $124,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 1,032 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $128,484. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Warren K. Erdman sold 6,840 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.39, for a total value of $871,347.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.82% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group boosted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 81.3% during the 2nd quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group now owns 223 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $27,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 164.8% in the 2nd quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC now owns 241 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $29,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the last quarter. HM Payson & Co. bought a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $32,000. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 1,288.9% in the 3rd quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 250 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $33,000 after buying an additional 232 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Covington Capital Management bought a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $37,000. 87.13% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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