Brokerages expect that DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST) will announce earnings of $0.84 per share for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for DST Systems’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.87 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.82. DST Systems reported earnings of $0.83 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 1.2%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th.

On average, analysts expect that DST Systems will report full year earnings of $3.07 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.06 to $3.10. For the next year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $3.58 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.56 to $3.60. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover DST Systems.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last issued its earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The technology company reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.03. DST Systems had a return on equity of 16.20% and a net margin of 21.26%. The company had revenue of $562.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $523.57 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.77 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 45.5% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research firms recently issued reports on DST. Robert W. Baird boosted their price target on DST Systems from $68.00 to $72.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded DST Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Evercore ISI restated an “in-line” rating on shares of DST Systems in a research note on Friday. DA Davidson downgraded DST Systems from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Friday. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on DST Systems from $57.00 to $61.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. DST Systems has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.50.

Shares of DST Systems (NYSE DST) traded down $0.41 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $83.51. The stock had a trading volume of 3,083,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,303,978. The company has a market cap of $5,040.00, a P/E ratio of 12.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 1.37. DST Systems has a one year low of $50.22 and a one year high of $84.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 1.09 and a quick ratio of 1.09.

In related news, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.50, for a total value of $1,290,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 75,518 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,870,911. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders purchased a total of 976 shares of company stock valued at $59,812 over the last 90 days. 1.82% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in DST. Sit Investment Associates Inc. raised its holdings in DST Systems by 25.6% in the 4th quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 71,175 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $4,418,000 after acquiring an additional 14,500 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its holdings in DST Systems by 8.9% in the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 1,037,864 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $56,958,000 after acquiring an additional 84,398 shares in the last quarter. AXA raised its holdings in DST Systems by 9.5% in the 3rd quarter. AXA now owns 228,700 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $12,551,000 after acquiring an additional 19,900 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its holdings in DST Systems by 105.7% in the 3rd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 63,484 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $3,484,000 after acquiring an additional 32,617 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its holdings in DST Systems by 15.5% in the 3rd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 78,571 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $4,312,000 after acquiring an additional 10,524 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.71% of the company’s stock.

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DST Systems Company Profile

DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.

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