Equities analysts expect that DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST) will post $526.85 million in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Two analysts have made estimates for DST Systems’ earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $522.90 million and the highest estimate coming in at $530.80 million. DST Systems posted sales of $373.70 million during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 41%. The company is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, January 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that DST Systems will report full-year sales of $526.85 million for the current year, with estimates ranging from $1.97 billion to $2.06 billion. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post sales of $2.18 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $2.17 billion to $2.19 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover DST Systems.

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

A number of research firms recently commented on DST. Evercore ISI reiterated an “in-line” rating on shares of DST Systems in a research note on Friday, January 12th. 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, January 12th. Robert W. Baird downgraded DST Systems from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded DST Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on DST Systems from $57.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. DST Systems has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $68.50.

In related news, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 20,000 shares of DST Systems stock in a transaction dated 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 transaction, the vice president now directly owns 75,518 shares in the company, valued at $4,870,911. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders purchased 976 shares of company stock valued at $59,812 over the last quarter. Insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of DST. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its stake in DST Systems by 119.4% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,326 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $144,000 after acquiring an additional 1,266 shares during the period. WFG Advisors LP boosted its stake in DST Systems by 128.6% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 3,205 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $198,000 after acquiring an additional 1,803 shares during the period. Intl Fcstone Inc. acquired a new position in DST Systems in the second quarter valued at approximately $221,000. SNS Financial Group LLC acquired a new position in DST Systems in the third quarter valued at approximately $262,000. Finally, Prudential PLC boosted its stake in DST Systems by 100.0% in the second quarter. Prudential PLC now owns 4,400 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $271,000 after acquiring an additional 2,200 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 85.71% of the company’s stock.

DST Systems (NYSE DST) opened at $83.79 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $5,050.00, a PE ratio of 12.66, a P/E/G ratio of 2.34 and a beta of 1.37. DST Systems has a 52 week low of $50.22 and a 52 week high of $84.48. The company has a quick ratio of 1.09, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42.

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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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