Kansas City Southern (KSU) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media headlines about Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kansas City Southern earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.1693626278314 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of research firms have weighed in on KSU. BidaskClub raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Bank of America Corporation increased their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $112.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, August 21st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their target price for the company from $90.00 to $116.00 in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “positive” rating and set a $117.00 target price (up previously from $103.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $105.53.

Kansas City Southern (KSU) traded up 0.08% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $106.12. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 499,023 shares. The firm has a market cap of $11.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.36 and a beta of 0.79. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $104.11 and a 200 day moving average of $96.09. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $79.05 and a 12 month high of $109.13.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its earnings results on Friday, July 21st. The transportation company reported $1.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.26 by $0.07. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.40% and a net margin of 21.52%. The firm had revenue of $656.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $627.81 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.22 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 15.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post $5.20 earnings per share for the current year.

Kansas City Southern declared that its board has initiated a stock buyback plan on Tuesday, August 15th that allows the company to buyback $800.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the transportation company to repurchase up to 7.1% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 8th. This is a boost from Kansas City Southern’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is 28.92%.

In related news, insider Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya sold 6,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.93, for a total transaction of $617,580.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 42,087 shares in the company, valued at $4,332,014.91. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Antonio O. Garza sold 4,018 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.94, for a total value of $433,702.92. Following the sale, the director now owns 4,920 shares in the company, valued at $531,064.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 14,469 shares of company stock worth $1,522,510 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a holding company. The Company has 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’s subsidiaries include The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de C.V.

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