KSU stock: buy or sell?

KSU stock price: $174.23 -0.99% At close on February 21st, 2020

Updated on:
February 21st, 2020

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Kansas City Southern slightly fell -0.99% on February/21 to $174.23 after reaching all time highs on Wednesday. With February 21st it's been 3 sliding days in a row, loosing $-2.97 (-1.71%).

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America.

Should I buy KSU stock?

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These 2 buy setups match with Kansas City Southern stock right now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Kansas City Southern stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for KSU stock for the last 30 days.

KSU stock analysis

Daily outlook

Kansas City Southern slightly fell -0.99% on Feb 21st to $174.23 after reaching all time highs on Wednesday.

After several days of continuous hikes in past weeks, Kansas City Southern slightly fell -0.99% to $174.23. On Wednesday, KSU hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on Tuesday tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

KSU stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Kansas City Southern stayed constant 0.34% this week and set a new all time high at $178.59. Counting this, it's been 5 climbing weeks in a row, soaring a 4.87%.

In a weekly time frame, Kansas City Southern stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, KSU might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Since late April 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, KSU price gained $50.25 per share (40.53%). Late August 2019 KSU price bounced up over the SMA of 20 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides.

KSU stock chart (weekly)

KSU stock price history

KSU stock went public on March 17th, 1980 with a price of $0.001. Since then, KSU stock surged a inf%, with an average of inf% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in KSU stock in 1980, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

KSU stock historical price chart

KSU stock reached all-time highs on Wednesday with a price of $178.59.

KSU stock price target

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not found any price target for Kansas City Southern stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on April, Kansas City Southern . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
KSU earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a1.27n/a
2017-Q32017-10-201.311.353.1%
2017-Q42018-01-191.371.380.7%
2018-Q12018-04-201.351.3-3.7%
2018-Q22018-07-201.521.541.3%
2018-Q32018-10-191.581.57-0.6%
2018-Q42019-01-181.561.560.0%
2019-Q12019-04-181.48n/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, Kansas City Southern annual turnover jumped a beatiful 5.08% to $2,714.00 million dollars from $2,582.90 marked in 2017. By contrast, its income margin (compared to sales) plunged to 23.12%, that is $627.40 million.

To have an up to date view of the financial situation of Kansas City Southern, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Kansas City Southern TTM sales up to March 2019 were $2,750.20 and income was $585.70 M USD. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Kansas City Southern business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a tiny 1.33%. However, profit margin (net income/revenues) decreased at 23.12%.

KSU annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,370 M-$351 M14.8%-
2014$2,577 M8.74%$503 M19.5%43.03%
2015$2,419 M-6.14%$484 M20.0%-3.80%
2016$2,334 M-3.50%$478 M20.5%-1.12%
2017$2,583 M10.65%$962 M37.2%101.21%
2018$2,714 M5.08%$627 M23.1%-34.78%
TTM $2,750 M1.33%$586 M21.3%-6.65%

Quarterly financial results

Kansas City Southern posted $674.80 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -2.77% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $102.80 M with a profit margin of 15.23%. Profit margin dropped a -7.98% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 23.21%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Kansas City Southern sales marked a fine growth and escalated a 5.67%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Kansas City Southern posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
KSU quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$669 M-$134 M20.1%-
2017-Q3$668 M-0.22%$129 M19.4%-3.79%
2017-Q4$660 M-1.09%$552 M83.5%326.68%
2018-Q1$639 M-3.30%$145 M22.6%-73.81%
2018-Q2$682 M6.86%$148 M21.7%2.56%
2018-Q3$699 M2.43%$174 M24.8%17.14%
2018-Q4$694 M-0.72%$161 M23.2%-7.20%
2019-Q1$675 M-2.77%$103 M15.2%-36.19%

Kansas City Southern ownership

When you are planning to buy a stock, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Kansas City Southern shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.52% of all shares.

Bearish positions for KSU stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

KSU
Market cap$17.3 B
Total shares99.1 M
Float shares95.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)95.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.5%
Shares in short selling0.0%

KSU summary

Friday, February 21st, 2020
Open$175.13
Close$174.23
Day range$173.32 - $176.06
Previous close$175.97
Session gain-0.99%
Average true range$3.10
50d mov avg$162.54
100d mov avg$153.35
200d mov avg$137.57
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

Kansas City Southern performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We selected as the bechmarking frame for Kansas City Southern stock.
Stock3m6m12m
KSU14.97%46.58%58.30%

Kansas City Southern competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Kansas City Southern competitor. This doesn't mean Kansas City Southern does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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