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

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Kansas City Southern ( KSU) pushed the Transportation industry higher today making it today's featured transportation winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Kansas City Southern rose $1.53 (1.4%) to $111.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 784,126 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 910,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.18-$112.17 after having opened the day at $109.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.93. Other companies within the Transportation industry that increased today were: Frontline ( FRO), up 9.1%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 6.0%, Navios Maritime Acquisition ( NNA), up 4.8% and FreeSeas ( FREE), up 4.0%.
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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 $12.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), down 17.2%, Torm A/S ( TRMD), down 7.0%, Universal Truckload Services ( UACL), down 6.1% and Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the transportation industry with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) being today's transportation industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation ( IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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