Analyst Ratings for Kansas City Southern (KSU)

Updated: 2017-07-29

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. KSU had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

8 analysts declared KSU a buy, 0 gave an overweight rating, 14 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for KSU. The most optimistic price target was 122, which equates to a potential upside of 18.31 percent. The lowest price target was 90, implying potential capital losses of -12.72 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.12 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 1.5 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 1.76 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.06 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 9 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of KSU to grow at a rate of 5.5 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. KSU has a PEG ratio of 3.77.

KSU has a 52-week high of 106.35 and a 52-week low of 79.05. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 30.45 percent, and 3.04 percent below the high. KSU has a P/E ratio of 20.71. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The KSU value stock report compares KSU to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of KSU is $10.7 billion. KSU's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.