Kansas City Southern (KSU) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kansas City Southern earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 45.5354127232837 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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KSU traded down $0.81 during trading on Thursday, hitting $110.29. 2,183,370 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,334,234. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Kansas City Southern has a 12-month low of $86.14 and a 12-month high of $114.85. The company has a market cap of $11,468.83, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.01, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.78.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.07% and a net margin of 37.24%. The business had revenue of $660.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $658.33 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.21 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.2 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th were paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is 27.43%.

KSU has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $121.00 price objective (down previously from $126.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $102.00 price objective (up previously from $97.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $117.00 to $120.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 13th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $116.57.

In other news, Director Henry J. Maier purchased 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $104.35 per share, for a total transaction of $104,350.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 5,159 shares in the company, valued at approximately $538,341.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total value of $262,725.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 19,455 shares in the company, valued at $2,198,415. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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