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Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the fifteen analysts that are covering the stock, American Banking and Market News reports. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $114.83.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded down 0.41% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $114.05. The stock had a trading volume of 75,117 shares. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $88.56 and a 52-week high of $125.96. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $111.6 and a 200-day moving average of $103.. The company has a market cap of $12.584 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.80.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 18th. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.17 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $650.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $645.05 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.96 earnings per share. Kansas City Southern’s revenue was up 12.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post $4.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 8th will be given a dividend of $0.28 per share. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.98%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 4th.

A number of research firms have recently commented on KSU. Analysts at Macquarie upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 12th. They now have a $114.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $106.00. Finally, analysts at Stephens reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, July 21st. They now have a $117.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $110.00.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is a transportation holding company with domestic and international rail operations in North America that are strategically focused on the growing north/south freight corridor connecting key commercial and industrial markets in the central United States with industrial cities in Mexico.

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