Private Capital Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 0.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 34,860 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 85 shares during the quarter. Private Capital Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $4,247,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Lazard Asset Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 44.2% during the first quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 4,186,916 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $485,598,000 after purchasing an additional 1,283,020 shares in the last quarter. Boston Partners bought a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the 1st quarter worth approximately $292,039,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.9% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,424,864 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $136,010,000 after buying an additional 13,397 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 7.8% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,303,947 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $124,240,000 after buying an additional 94,299 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.6% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,195,673 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $138,674,000 after buying an additional 7,714 shares during the last quarter. 86.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

KSU stock traded up $0.63 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $125.09. The company had a trading volume of 16,995 shares, compared to its average volume of 924,910. The company has a current ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. Kansas City Southern has a 52 week low of $90.55 and a 52 week high of $126.47. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $120.55. The company has a market capitalization of $12.44 billion, a PE ratio of 20.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.24 and a beta of 0.93.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 19th. The transportation company reported $1.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.60 by $0.04. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.45% and a net margin of 20.35%. The firm had revenue of $714.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $704.55 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.54 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Kansas City Southern will post 6.71 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 3rd. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 10th were given a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 7th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.15%. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is currently 24.12%.

In other news, VP Suzanne M. Grafton sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.07, for a total transaction of $123,070.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 10,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,257,529.26. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CMO Michael J. Naatz sold 11,837 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.45, for a total value of $1,449,440.65. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 18,764 shares in the company, valued at $2,297,651.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 17,727 shares of company stock valued at $2,175,891 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 0.82% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on KSU. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their target price on Schlumberger from $42.00 to $41.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, July 22nd. Credit Suisse Group upgraded StoneCo from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 22nd. Citigroup set a $20.00 target price on Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. BMO Capital Markets dropped their target price on Pentair to $39.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upgraded OIL SEARCH LTD/ADR from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, July 22nd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Kansas City Southern currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $130.36.

Kansas City Southern 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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