Kansas City Southern Inc. (KSU): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Kansas City Southern ( KSU) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Kansas City Southern fell $1.59 (-2%) to $76.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 975,433 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 873,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.67-$78.31 after having opened the day at $78.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.50. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 22.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 14.5%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 10.7%, and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 9.1%.
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Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $8.77 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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